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The Benedict Option

The ‘Benedict Option’ is an idea, a book and a movement, which has attracted great interest in the USA, and beyond, in the last couple of years. It is the brainchild of Rod Dreher, an American journalist and author Much of it is familiar. Its core argument is that, in post-Christendom, the Church, inspired by the example of Benedict of Nursia (480–537), needs to construct close, intentional, communities as contexts for evidentially living out radical discipleship

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How many people are rural?

Any organisation with a remit for people and communities rural Britain needs to have at least some idea of what it means by ‘rural’ and how many people fall within its sphere of interest! Here is one take on this based on Government definitions. The proportion of the UK population living in rural areas is 17% (based on one recent source). This approximates to a rural population of 11 million, based on this proportion and

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The Church of (rural) England strikes back

“It cannot be denied that there are, at the very least, green shoots of recovery taking hold across the countryside in England, and beyond”. This is the conclusion of a recent article by Tim Wyatt in the Church Times on the state of the rural Anglicanism in England. The article is based on interviews with about twelve people, mostly, but not all, Anglican clergy. The author also makes much use of the 2015 report, Released

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