A writer on rural churches mentioned heated cushions.
Who makes these, and what is the cost?
The Exeter diocese has been trialling some of these in three
parishes as a possible alternative to warming people rather than
buildings. The technology is the same as for hand-warmers. Clicking
a metal disc in a liquid-filled plastic bag triggers a
crystallising reaction that produces heat for about 90 minutes. The
cushions can then be sat on or held on a lap, and provide a gentle
warmth akin to a hot-water bottle's.
After use, the bag can be boiled in water to liquefy once more,
and the process can be repeated up to 1000 times, the manufacturers
say. The chemicals used are water-based and non-toxic, and these
cushions might assist in reducing our carbon emissions over
We see these as possible low-energy solution to heating
little-used churches, but the trials have yet to be assessed in
terms of their effectiveness.
We have been working with a Scottish company, Hot Botts, who
sell these cushions for use in sports grounds north of the border.
The retail price is about £18, but discounts can be had on bulk
purchases [News, 9 November 2013].
Martyn Goss (Director for Church and Society,
diocese of Exeter)
Many bishops are wearing black clerical shirts. What,
then, stops priests wearing purple? P. W.
By tradition I am a liberal Catholic. I am also a gay
man in a civil partnership and am currently serving a prison
sentence. Quite clearly the C of E does not want me as a member.
How can I develop a personal, sacramental faith without the
attached religion? A. I.
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