Chichester Cathedral hosts lecture on future of Church

CHICHESTER Cathedral is to host a lecture by the University of Chichester’s Andrew Chandler.

It is at 6.30pm in the Cathedral nave on Thursday, June 12, and is free to enter.

A spokeswoman from the cathedral said: “Many Christian churches throughout Britain have closed over the past half-century and the remaining congregations have grown older and are now reduced in numbers.

“Patterns of ministry and worship have changed enormously and the Church of England is now trying to resolve disputes about women bishops and sexuality. Recently, a former Archbishop of Canterbury raised the possibility that the Church of England might be ‘one generation away from extinction’. Nobody, or course, knows what future holds – but in this lecture Dr Andrew Chandler will explore and discuss this period of ‘decline’ and suggest ways in which the church at large might assess its prospects now.”