Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments
The Church of England beclowns itself again:
Manchester Cathedral is to host a ‘new age’ festival featuring tarot card readers, crystal healers and ‘dream interpretation’.
Local Anglican leaders have agreed to throw open the doors of the historic cathedral in a bid to embrace alternative forms of Christianity.
Fortune tellers, meditation experts and traditional healers will fill the pews during the day-long festival in May. The Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, said he wanted to celebrate ‘all forms of spirituality’.
The Spirit of Life festival on May 2 will also feature stalls and workshops on angels, prayer bead-making and massage.
The Spirit of Life people claim the story is inaccurate.
Contrary to media reports, the Spirit of Life is a Christian festival offering a balanced programme of different spiritual traditions including Taize, choral evensong and contemporary spiritualities. There are workshops which will discuss spiritualities outside the Christian tradition. There will be no tarot card reading or fortune telling at the event.
There will be this, though.
With about 25 workshops and stalls covering poetry, Franciscan spirituality, arts and crafts, healing, icons, angels, meditation, personality profiling, music and blessings, labyrinths, dream interpretation, Christian symbolism of gem stones, tarot and Celtic saints, prayer bead making, choral evensong, foot and hand massage, Jesus Deck readings, Taize chants and, finally, fire breathing!
In case you’re wondering, this is what a Jesus Deck is. I have no idea what “readings” using a Jesus Deck involve and, frankly, I don’t want to know.
The only shocking thing about this story is that anyone would find it shocking. When your “church” has no Good News to tell anyone and has basically given up any meaningful interest in spreading the Gospel, then you will naturally be keenly interested in “all forms of spirituality,” even idiotic ones.
Since you don’t really believe any of that “spirituality” crap.