The cathedrals of Norwich and Rochester have been criticised by a former chief executive of Stonewall after they installed a helter skelter and a golf course in their respective naves.
Rochester has installed a temporary bridge-themed adventure golf course with the aim of encouraging young people to recognise the importance of building bridges in their own lives.
Norwich installed the helter skelter in the hope that it would ‘open up conversations about faith’.
In talking about the decision to install the helter skelter, the Reverend Andy Bryant said that some people find cathedrals ‘slightly exclusive’ and that they wanted “everybody to feel that they can come in and enjoy.”
In a letter to the Guardian, Ben Summerskill, who was Stonewall CEO for 11 years until 2014, wrote: “CofE premises are still more than slightly exclusive, of course, to thousands of devout Christians in long-term same-sex relationships who would very much like their church to celebrate, or at the very least bless, their weddings.”
He continued:“Is it any surprise that so many young people (whose common sense and moral compass are often underestimated) are deserting the Church of England? Unaccountably, they seem to be unmoved by helter skelters and crazy golf.”
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