Passing on Faith
One generation from extinction: is certainly an eye-catching slogan. But does the dramatic decline in the number of children and young people in church really pose a terminal threat?
On All Things Considered this week, Roy Jenkins and guests explore how seriously religious communities are taking the business of passing on their faith; how much they need to adapt in a rapidly changing world; and why many parents who might be at best lukewarm about religious observance still want their children brought up in a faith.
The Rev Dr Mark Griffiths, originally from Maesteg and now a vicar in the Oxford diocese has extensive academic and practical knowledge on working with children, and he’s in Carmarthen next month leading a training day for church workers of various denominations. It has that title: One generation from extinction. He joins us from our Reading studio. From his home at Llandderfel near Bala we’re joined by Andy Hughes, Director of the youth movement Urban Saints Wales. In our Wrexham studio is the Rev Mary Stallard, a faith development officer and Anglican school chaplain. And keeping Roy company in Llandaff is Dr Sameh Otri, Muslim chaplain to Cardiff University and manager of the Dal-ul- isra Mosque.
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