Archive for December 2012

New voices in European Mission

December 17, 2012

The latest edition of Encounters Mission Journal from Redcliffe College features articles by some of the Postgraduate MA students studying at Redcliffe. Several have a specifically European focus:

In ‘Labouring Together, Listening Together?’ Chris Ducker builds on significant field research to examine the effectiveness of short-term mission in Moldova. The particularly significant feature of Chris’s study is his focus on the experiences of those hosting foreign short-term teams. In so doing he brings out important, neglected voices and concludes with some very helpful implications for mission practice that could be usefully applied in all sorts of short-term mission contexts.

Amy Roche’s essay, ‘A Critical Evaluation of the Contextualisation of Alpha France’. Originally submitted as an assessment in the module, Bible Engagement in Intercultural Contexts, Amy gives a balanced, constructive, accessible and sophisticated analysis of the ways in which the Alpha course has been translated linguistically and culturally for use in France, her own ministry context.

Joanne Appleton’s study of ‘The Perceptions of a Missional Lifestyle amongst European Generation Y Christians’ provides valuable research and observations about how young people understand what it means to be ‘missional’.  You may be surprised by the results… A summary of this essay will also appear in the next issue of Vista, which focuses on missional in Europe.


2011 England and Wales Census shows drop in religious affliation

December 11, 2012

A quarter of residents in England and Wales profess no religion, according to statistics released today from the 2011 census. This is up 10% from the 2001 census.  In Wales, nearly a third (32%) say they have no religion, with the number of people identifying as Christians dropping by 14%.

Overall, 59% of residents class themselves as Christians, with the figure rising to 68% in the North-East of England, the highest of any region. This is still the largest religious grouping. 25,1% have no religion,, and 4.8 identify themselves as Muslim.

The Guardian datablog has an interactive map giving a visual breakdown of the changes between 2001 and 2002

Figures for Scotland will be released next week.