What’s going on with religion in The City of London? Intrigued by the extraordinary concentration of Wren churches and other places of worship in The Square Mile, I decided to find out. How do these historical beauties survive today? Are they still a spiritual force? How do they work as non-parish churches without resident congregations? And how do they relate to the financially-obsessed community surrounding them? What exactly is the contemporary clergy up to?
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Already, in my new ‘Religion in The City’ photo-project, I’ve come across a diversity I never expected — pop-up art exhibitions, huge wet fish displays for Harvest Festival, a Chinese choir rehearsing, high-calibre debate about policing in Britain today, jazz bands leading congregations into hidden gardens to eat jerk chicken…
Over the next year or so, my aim is to capture as much as possible of the spiritual life of The City and the day-to-day work of its clergy – so far, all I can say is that modern-day ministering appears to be both thriving and full of surprises.
‘St. James Day’ Service at St. Katharine Cree with The Rev’d Oliver Ross, Lloyd’s Choir and ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ – all heading off to a jerk chicken supper in the garden. http://sanctuaryinthecity.net/
Billingsgate fish merchants raise money for charity from their magnificent display at the St. Mary-at-Hill ‘Harvest of the Sea’ Festival. http://www.stmary-at-hill.org/
Bo Wang rehearses with the London Chinese Philharmonic Choir in St. Mary Abchurch. http://www.london-city-churches.org.uk/Churches/StMaryAbchurch/index.html
The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, creates lively discussion with guest speaker, retired Metropolitan Police Superintendent Leroy Logan MBE, at one of her monthly ‘Thursday Conversations’. http://www.stmary-at-hill.org/
Post ‘St. James Day’ chat in the vestry. http://sanctuaryinthecity.net/
Pop-up ‘Colourblind’ exhibition by Marine Lewis, for one night only, at St. Mary-at-Hill Church. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005322098680&fref=ts
The popular Rev’d Bertrand Olivier celebrating his 10th Anniversary at All Hallows by the Tower. http://www.allhallowsbythetower.org.uk/Share this: