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Emerging church in Manchester

Here's a video about Sanctus1, a emerging church in Manchester. It's not above criticism, but it's the kind of thing worth paying attention to.

Not quite sure about the whole 'we're orthodox' speech.


Anonymous said…
oooh like it
Do you know these people Stephen? How did they get people through the door at Sanctus in the first place?
When you interrogate them, a lot of these alternative churches actually have a congregation made up of people who travel in or attend elsewhere in a traditional setting. Do you get the feeling that's not the case here?
Anonymous said…
'these people'

'these alternative churches'


and funny - some Unitarians REALLY don't like churches doing the whole alternative thing better than themselves!
I've been to Sanctus once. I did meet a couple of young URC ministers there who were attending too, so your thoughts may have some truth Mel.

I suppose my reservation comes from a commitment to congregational polity. In other words if the church depends on someone who is paid by the Diocese, will it ever become financially self-supporting, and if not then how much of a success could it be? Is it a real community or a project? Sure it requires investment to start with, but if the emerging church is to become the way of the future, as some predict, then surely it cannot be dependent on the 'real' church for staffing/fiance.

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