I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that communities need secular pastors who can perform the functions of a local vicar without the religious aspect: marriages, funerals, naming ceremonies etc - and also mark the seasons with Christmas/ midwinter, spring, harvest etc ceremonies. They could also be supportive with people in their homes in the same/similar way as a vicar.
It would be nice if they could be welcomed to share church buildings (as they are often so beautiful) for these ceremonies; it would benefit the buildings as there would be a wider group pf people who had a vested interest in helping to maintain them.
Churchgoers who attend mainly to become part of a caring community (and I know there are many) would no longer need to go through the charade of mumbling their way through the creed when they do not really subscribe to it.
What do others think?
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