How Well Do You Know Your Church?

by Andrew Atkinson

Over the past two years, the Synod’s Trust Officer, Andrew Atkinson, has been engaged in a postgraduate diploma in parish church studies. This was a distance learning course run by the University of York. The learning was a mixture of reading and further research, watching online videos, visiting and exploring churches and churchyards, debating in online blogs with fellow students, and a series of exercises and essays to answer.

Andrew said, “It has been an absolutely fascinating journey of discovery. I have learned about history, architecture, art ritual, sociology, conservation and development … it has made me think about the interrelationships between liturgy, mission, development and conservation.”

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