Instructor, 81, banned from teaching yoga at St Andrew’s C of E Church in Dibden Purlieu

Now Church of England bans yoga

Now Church of England bans yoga

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Senior Features Writer

THE Anglican Church has been dragged into the yoga controversy – by banning an 81-year- old Christian fitness instructor from holding classes at a Hampshire church hall.

Despite being retired for more than 20 years, Eileen Meegan tirelessly teaches yoga for four hours a week – making sure pensioners socialise, keep supple and are de-stressed.

But the Daily Echo can today reveal that St Andrew’s C of E Church in Dibden Purlieu has banned her classes from its premises.

It joins the Roman Catholic St Edmund’s Church in Southampton which banned yoga teacher Cori Withell from its hall, saying her classes were not compatible with the Catholic faith.

Octogenarian Eileen said she has inquired about the halls on several occasions but she was told it was against the church’s religion.

Eileen, who used to work for the NHS community dental service, said: “The WI hall gets so cold in winter and they have such beautiful rooms at the church.

“It was all going swimmingly until I said I taught yoga, then they froze. They said yoga was against their religion and it was dangerous for the mind.

“They think when we do meditation someone could have influence on the group with bad thoughts. I have never heard so much nonsense in my whole life.”

The great-grandmother-offive added: “I am a Christian myself. I have a poem here from a Catholic magazine about a caterpillar changing into a butterfly for the relaxation part of the session.

“If anything, doing yoga has enhanced my faith as a Christian.

“What have they got to be frightened of ? It is just about calming people’s minds and improving flexibility. My groups are much more flexible. I think it is ignorance.”

Last week the Daily Echo reported how Catholic priest Father John Chandler told Miss Withell she could not teach her classes in St Edmund’s, off The Avenue, due to yoga’s Hindu roots.

The ban sparked an international religious row, with one of the world’s leading Hindus even contacting the Daily Echo, urging the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to “intervene immediately”.

The yoga bans are not Church of England or Roman Catholic Church policy, with decisions left to the discretion of individual priests. The Rev John Currin, vicar at St Andrew’s Church, was last night unavailable for comment.

However, a Church of England spokesman said that while there are some “cases of particular sensitivities to the background of yoga with its roots in the Hindu faith”, the general feeling was that yoga was today used as a way to keep fit.

He said: “You can look at most church halls and there will be yoga classes held there because today it is seen as a way to keep fit and agile, not for its spiritual background.”

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8:06am Mon 1 Oct 12

aldermoorboy says...

This is crazy, I thought Christian's were all about loving/caring.
Religious leaders should re think these decisions.
We should all show respect for all caring people.
This is crazy, I thought Christian's were all about loving/caring. Religious leaders should re think these decisions. We should all show respect for all caring people. aldermoorboy
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8:13am Mon 1 Oct 12

havemercy says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
This is crazy, I thought Christian's were all about loving/caring.
Religious leaders should re think these decisions.
We should all show respect for all caring people.
Obviously this is not the case in St Andrews Church, Dibden Purlieu!
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: This is crazy, I thought Christian's were all about loving/caring. Religious leaders should re think these decisions. We should all show respect for all caring people.[/p][/quote]Obviously this is not the case in St Andrews Church, Dibden Purlieu! havemercy
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8:20am Mon 1 Oct 12

Vix1 says...

What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!! Vix1
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8:23am Mon 1 Oct 12

hulla baloo says...

Re name the classes without the word Yoga and will probably be able to continue
Re name the classes without the word Yoga and will probably be able to continue hulla baloo
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8:31am Mon 1 Oct 12

sarfhamton says...

Out of touch and bonkers
Out of touch and bonkers sarfhamton
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8:32am Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

Another misleading headline. The Church of England has banned nothing. A church, one, has said someone can't use their premises to practice yoga. A stupid, reactionary move, but up to them.

This isn't "The Church" banning anything. How can they? Eileen Meegan is still free to teach yoga.
Another misleading headline. The Church of England has banned nothing. A church, one, has said someone can't use their premises to practice yoga. A stupid, reactionary move, but up to them. This isn't "The Church" banning anything. How can they? Eileen Meegan is still free to teach yoga. Georgem
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9:01am Mon 1 Oct 12

davel_cats says...

As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.
As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches. davel_cats
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9:04am Mon 1 Oct 12

Mr E says...

if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up!
if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up! Mr E
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9:08am Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

Mr E wrote:
if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up!
Maybe you're on to something. Maybe this is all just an elaborate marketing ploy by the Yoga marketing board.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up![/p][/quote]Maybe you're on to something. Maybe this is all just an elaborate marketing ploy by the Yoga marketing board. Georgem
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9:24am Mon 1 Oct 12

RedDan says...

Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
Sorry but those last two lines made me laugh. What have you people been forcing on everyone else for centuries?
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]Sorry but those last two lines made me laugh. What have you people been forcing on everyone else for centuries? RedDan
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9:29am Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

RedDan wrote:
Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
Sorry but those last two lines made me laugh. What have you people been forcing on everyone else for centuries?
Christmas!
[quote][p][bold]RedDan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]Sorry but those last two lines made me laugh. What have you people been forcing on everyone else for centuries?[/p][/quote]Christmas! Georgem
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9:30am Mon 1 Oct 12

Huffter says...

When I worked as assistant manager of a pub the Landlord told me I could refuse to serve anyone but that I should NEVER give a reason... this would only provide a basis for argument. Church leaders might do well to heed this advice!
When I worked as assistant manager of a pub the Landlord told me I could refuse to serve anyone but that I should NEVER give a reason... this would only provide a basis for argument. Church leaders might do well to heed this advice! Huffter
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10:12am Mon 1 Oct 12

David757 says...

I understand that this story is from several years ago (you'll notice any sense of timescale is carefully avoided in the story!).
I understand that this story is from several years ago (you'll notice any sense of timescale is carefully avoided in the story!). David757
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10:14am Mon 1 Oct 12

cliffwalker says...

More superstition getting publicity.
More superstition getting publicity. cliffwalker
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10:38am Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

David757 wrote:
I understand that this story is from several years ago (you'll notice any sense of timescale is carefully avoided in the story!).
You're not thinking of this are you?

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
478755/Baptist-minis
ter-bans-toddlers-ch
urch-hall-yoga-class
-unchristian.html

I can't find any reference to today's story from that time? Got any links?
[quote][p][bold]David757[/bold] wrote: I understand that this story is from several years ago (you'll notice any sense of timescale is carefully avoided in the story!).[/p][/quote]You're not thinking of this are you? http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 478755/Baptist-minis ter-bans-toddlers-ch urch-hall-yoga-class -unchristian.html I can't find any reference to today's story from that time? Got any links? Georgem
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11:18am Mon 1 Oct 12

southy says...

Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty.
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty. southy
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11:31am Mon 1 Oct 12

southy says...

Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
Good old Christmas, real name Yule Tide and a Pagan Festival thats been contaminated by christains trying to wipe out all tracies of our Religious pass of Paganism
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]Good old Christmas, real name Yule Tide and a Pagan Festival thats been contaminated by christains trying to wipe out all tracies of our Religious pass of Paganism southy
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11:34am Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

southy wrote:
Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
Good old Christmas, real name Yule Tide and a Pagan Festival thats been contaminated by christains trying to wipe out all tracies of our Religious pass of Paganism
Well, to be fair, southy, it's been contaminated by retail giants trying to wipe out all traces of low sales figures on their balance sheets!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]Good old Christmas, real name Yule Tide and a Pagan Festival thats been contaminated by christains trying to wipe out all tracies of our Religious pass of Paganism[/p][/quote]Well, to be fair, southy, it's been contaminated by retail giants trying to wipe out all traces of low sales figures on their balance sheets! Georgem
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11:39am Mon 1 Oct 12

ToastyTea says...

My goodness are we living in the 60's or something here, what is wrong with these religious people. Crazy the lot of em.
My goodness are we living in the 60's or something here, what is wrong with these religious people. Crazy the lot of em. ToastyTea
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12:39pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

ToastyTea wrote:
My goodness are we living in the 60's or something here, what is wrong with these religious people. Crazy the lot of em.
I trust you meant 1760s, these cretins are so out of touch it's no wonder the churches are emptying.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: My goodness are we living in the 60's or something here, what is wrong with these religious people. Crazy the lot of em.[/p][/quote]I trust you meant 1760s, these cretins are so out of touch it's no wonder the churches are emptying. Inform Al
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1:09pm Mon 1 Oct 12

GrahamTheRetired says...

As I said in the previous Catholic Yoga ban article, the sooner religion fades out of everyone's consciousness, the sooner humanity can advance.'
So glad the Churches don't have the power they had in the dark ages.
As I said in the previous Catholic Yoga ban article, the sooner religion fades out of everyone's consciousness, the sooner humanity can advance.' So glad the Churches don't have the power they had in the dark ages. GrahamTheRetired
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1:14pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Stephen J says...

Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
Did you mean to say that you think it's a "...shame "Christians" in the UK are less protective of their own faith..."? A slip of the keyboard perhaps.

As it stands you suggest that "...people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures...". In which case, which faith should "UK people" should call their own? And which are the faiths of the "other cultures"? But as I say, I'm sure that's not what you were getting at.

Was it?
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]Did you mean to say that you think it's a "...shame "Christians" in the UK are less protective of their own faith..."? A slip of the keyboard perhaps. As it stands you suggest that "...people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures...". In which case, which faith should "UK people" should call their own? And which are the faiths of the "other cultures"? But as I say, I'm sure that's not what you were getting at. Was it? Stephen J
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1:23pm Mon 1 Oct 12

MGRA says...

the church is becoming more and more irrelavant and more and more out of touch with reality. Our local church calls being 1/20th full a "good day".
the church is becoming more and more irrelavant and more and more out of touch with reality. Our local church calls being 1/20th full a "good day". MGRA
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1:26pm Mon 1 Oct 12

MisterGrimsdale says...

Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over.
Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over. MisterGrimsdale
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1:26pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Big Mac says...

southy wrote:
Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty.
Nice one Southy 'the majority in Britian are Atheists' and from which tomb of knowlwdge did you extract that 'fact'?

Please share with us all.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty.[/p][/quote]Nice one Southy 'the majority in Britian are Atheists' and from which tomb of knowlwdge did you extract that 'fact'? Please share with us all. Big Mac
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1:52pm Mon 1 Oct 12

CyberWarrior says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over.
Hahahahahaha!! Glad to see you are treating this nonsense with the humourous contempt it deserves. Worth bearing in mind however, that it's the church and not the faith itself that riddled with hypocrisy.

I love Yoga because it's spritual, peaceful, calming and healthy. Not because I want to invoke bad or demonic spirits.
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over.[/p][/quote]Hahahahahaha!! Glad to see you are treating this nonsense with the humourous contempt it deserves. Worth bearing in mind however, that it's the church and not the faith itself that riddled with hypocrisy. I love Yoga because it's spritual, peaceful, calming and healthy. Not because I want to invoke bad or demonic spirits. CyberWarrior
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2:08pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

CyberWarrior wrote:
MisterGrimsdale wrote:
Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over.
Hahahahahaha!! Glad to see you are treating this nonsense with the humourous contempt it deserves. Worth bearing in mind however, that it's the church and not the faith itself that riddled with hypocrisy.

I love Yoga because it's spritual, peaceful, calming and healthy. Not because I want to invoke bad or demonic spirits.
So if someone actually did want to invoke bad or demonic spirits, what would I, I mean he or she, have to do? Just in theory, of course.
[quote][p][bold]CyberWarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: Stretching is the devil's work. Good christians should always be hunched over.[/p][/quote]Hahahahahaha!! Glad to see you are treating this nonsense with the humourous contempt it deserves. Worth bearing in mind however, that it's the church and not the faith itself that riddled with hypocrisy. I love Yoga because it's spritual, peaceful, calming and healthy. Not because I want to invoke bad or demonic spirits.[/p][/quote]So if someone actually did want to invoke bad or demonic spirits, what would I, I mean he or she, have to do? Just in theory, of course. Georgem
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2:20pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Stephen J says...

southy wrote:
Vix1 wrote:
What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!!
We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty.
It may or may not be so that the majority in Britain are atheists, at least from a practical point of view. But it is not true that all places of worship are "near on empty". Many community churches are bursting at the seams with a good number of them desperate to find or even build larger premises.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: What has loving and caring got to do with yoga??????? The church is standing up for it's principles the same as any other religious group would! Shame people in the UK are less protective of their own faith than the faiths of other cultures!! These sessions shouldn't be allowed in church as I mentioned on the last story. It's about time that as Christians we were allowed to assert the principles of our faith!! Good on you!![/p][/quote]We are not protective faiths, because the majority in Britian are Atheists, if we was a Religious bunch then all religious temples off any faith would be pack out, but the truth is they are near on empty.[/p][/quote]It may or may not be so that the majority in Britain are atheists, at least from a practical point of view. But it is not true that all places of worship are "near on empty". Many community churches are bursting at the seams with a good number of them desperate to find or even build larger premises. Stephen J
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4:17pm Mon 1 Oct 12

solomum says...

davel_cats wrote:
As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.
It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.
[quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.[/p][/quote]It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of. solomum
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4:41pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

solomum wrote:
davel_cats wrote:
As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.
It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.
As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.[/p][/quote]It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.[/p][/quote]As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full. Inform Al
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5:23pm Mon 1 Oct 12

solomum says...

Inform Al wrote:
solomum wrote:
davel_cats wrote:
As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.
It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.
As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full.
Try going on a Sunday and seeing how full they are. A lot of people, particularly the elderly and those with young children will not attend Midnight Mass due to the very nature of the timing of it.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.[/p][/quote]It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.[/p][/quote]As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full.[/p][/quote]Try going on a Sunday and seeing how full they are. A lot of people, particularly the elderly and those with young children will not attend Midnight Mass due to the very nature of the timing of it. solomum
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7:52pm Mon 1 Oct 12

forest hump says...

Mr E wrote:
if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up!
Yoga! smarter than the average bear! or may the farce be with you!
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: if Yoga is getting this many bans , i might just take it up![/p][/quote]Yoga! smarter than the average bear! or may the farce be with you! forest hump
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9:28pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

solomum wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
solomum wrote:
davel_cats wrote:
As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.
It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.
As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full.
Try going on a Sunday and seeing how full they are. A lot of people, particularly the elderly and those with young children will not attend Midnight Mass due to the very nature of the timing of it.
Thats weird, it was the timing of it that made it so popular. Don't do Sundays I have better things to do.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: As a Christian, I find it sad that churches are banning yoga, for a couple reasons. Membership at churches is in a severe decline, so anything to get people physically in the door should be encouraged. Once inside, they might think: 'this is not such a bad place, maybe I'll come back on Sunday.' But if they are outside in the street, they can not experience the welcoming attitude inside (noticeboards of other church activities, for a start). Meditation is a part of my Christian worship, not only in church but in many aspects of my life. I believe in one God, and have found peace and comfort in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as in Christian churches.[/p][/quote]It is sad if membership at your church is in decline. The one I attend is heaving every Sunday and growing considerably. This is the same for many churches that I know of.[/p][/quote]As a lad I was a choirboy in a very large victorian church in Paddington, after I moved away the church was demolished and large blocks of flats built on the site, the new chuch took up less than one fifth of the original area. I have no idea if this smaller church ever gets packed but last Christmas following my belief that if I don't grow up I will not grow old I went to what had as a child been my favourate service in a very large church that used to be packed to capacity, Midnight Mass. I was so disappointed as the fairly small church on the Flower Roads was less than half full.[/p][/quote]Try going on a Sunday and seeing how full they are. A lot of people, particularly the elderly and those with young children will not attend Midnight Mass due to the very nature of the timing of it.[/p][/quote]Thats weird, it was the timing of it that made it so popular. Don't do Sundays I have better things to do. Inform Al
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9:41am Tue 2 Oct 12

fairdinkum says...

Isn't religion in the UK supposed to be tolerant of the beliefs of others? It's the only thing that might make it tolerable!
Isn't religion in the UK supposed to be tolerant of the beliefs of others? It's the only thing that might make it tolerable! fairdinkum
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