What happens when the most active Anglican generation – women now in their 80s and 90s - dies out?
Everyone knows they have been ‘the backbone of the church’, quietly and consistently performing the laywork of the typical church: organising the flowers, cleaning the church, washing the vestments, polishing the silver, holding coffee mornings, jumble sales and other fund-raising events. Now, they are dying out and they are not being replaced. What does that mean for the future of the Church of England and for the surrounding communities?
Dr Abby Day spent two years observing their work, participating in their activities and talking with this unique, fascinating, funny, forthright and, yes, holy, cohort of women. Her ethnography, The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen: the Last Active Anglican Generation has just been published by Oxford University Press in the UK, with its North American launch set for May 2017.
Abby will discuss her findings, followed by short responses from three invited speakers: Jonathan Benthall (UCL), Andrew Brown (the Guardian) and Sylvia Collins-Mayo (Kingston).
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