March 4, 2024

Canterbury Cathedral Hosts Silent Disco Amid Protests

Some known as it the “Rave at the Nave,” however others use phrases like “sacrilege” to explain two ’90s-themed silent discos held at one of many United Kingdom’s oldest cathedrals.

The stunning inside of Canterbury Cathedral regarded extra like a classic ’90s-era nightclub than a revered place of worship on Thursday night time. Dozens of revelers jumped up and down with glow sticks whereas listening to beats on their headphones.

Canterbury Cathedral is likely one of the oldest and most revered homes of worship in all of Christianity. Founded in 597 CE, the church is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior bishop of the Church of England and principal chief of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Given the cathedral’s historic and fashionable place of significance, The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Dr. David Monteith, assured the general public that the disco was “categorically not a ‘rave in the nave,’” and can be “appropriate to and respectful of the cathedral.”

These assurances didn’t reassure the devoted protesting outdoors the cathedral on Thursday or the others who signed a petition to cease the occasion.

According to the petition, which as of Friday had garnered 1,779 signatures, the disco could have the alternative impact of bringing younger individuals to the church.

“It will not bring young people closer to Christ, rather it will send the message that Christ and His Church, and all the truth, beauty and goodness it has to offer, are unimportant,” the petition learn. “That leisure deserves our consideration greater than God. That Christians don’t take their religion or their holy locations critically.

“That Christianity is a lame joke.”

The disco additionally introduced a rebuke from Father Calvin Robinson, a priest and outspoken critic of the Church of England’s leftward lunge.

Appeals to the historical past and sanctity of the cathedral didn’t sway church management, who insisted that the revelers be allowed to find Canterbury “on their own terms.”

“Whether people choose to come to Canterbury Cathedral primarily as worshippers, sightseers, or attendees at our events … it’s always joyous to see them discover this incredible place anew and on their own terms,” Monteith added.

Canterbury Cathedral will host the second of the 2 silent discos on Friday night time.