A Different Way - Part 2

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A Different Way - Part 2

  1. 1. A Different Way – part 2
  2. 2. Today’s Reality
  3. 3. UCC Membership 1926 - 2000
  4. 4. The History of Decline Between 1961 and 2001… • the United Church of Canada (UCC) fell from 1.04 million to 638,000, a loss of 39 per cent. • Anglican membership plunged from 1.36 million to 642,000 - a decline of 53 per cent. Keith McKerracher, a retired marketing expert
  5. 5. The Future? Bishop Drainville: The Anglican diocese of Quebec is “teetering on the verge of extinction”. Quebec congregations (50 of 82) virtually have no children, 35 had parishioners with an average age of 75 and usually had only 8 to 10 people attending Sunday services. Anglican Journal, December 1, 2009. “If trends in the United Church continue…only about 50,000 members will be standing by to blow out the candles on its 125th birthday.” David Haskell, Wilfred Laurier, Hamilton Spectator, 2005
  6. 6. The United Church of Canada 2010 Observer Survey… • More than 1/3 say congregations are not financially healthy • 46% say their church is shrinking • More than ½ do not expect to last 15 years • 24% give their congregations a 5 year life
  7. 7. Warning!!
  8. 8. Is this the New Reality? Old • Born into the Christian tradition • Grew up in incorporating the basis of faith and its practices and observances New • Children no longer accept the tradition • Individual search for value, meaning, identity • Majority… may have a religious background, but no longer practice
  9. 9. Spiritual Meaning - sources • Family • Religion • Law • Government • Education • Healthcare
  10. 10. A New Era in the Church? Old Religion • Dualism – church and the world • Missions • Worship is devotional • Expression - outward New Spirituality • Outside the traditional church • Not outside God or the spirit • God cannot be contained • Expression - inward
  11. 11. Scriptures
  12. 12. Changing Times The community may lose its taste for formally expressed religion, but the spiritual thirst remains.
  13. 13. Preserve the tradition… “We believe that worship and the Eucharist are central to Anglican self- understanding. It is this worship and awe that propels us to reach out to others with the Gospel of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.” Rev. Doug Stout The Queen’s visit. Lorna Dueck, Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jul. 06, 2010
  14. 14. Or, move forward… Religion needs to reach into itself to reveal the spirituality that is the basis of its light and wisdom.
  15. 15. Spirituality defined… …an awareness of relationships with all creation, an appreciation of presence and purpose that includes a sense of meaning. (Fitchett & Handzo, 1998).
  16. 16. What can the church do looking forward? 1.Nature 2.Language 3.Community
  17. 17. Nature and Spiritual Renewal A new awareness of nature Climate change Preservation of lands and species Politics of nature
  18. 18. Language and Spiritual Renewal • Salvation • Stories – creation • One God • Original sin • Conversion • Reconnection • Dynamic whole • Universe is ONE • Consumer dreams • New thirst
  19. 19. Community and Spiritual Renewal • Relationships • Responsibility • Cooperation • Connectivity • Common search
  20. 20. A Different Way

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