Comments: A Census Dilemma for Clergy

Not really a #fail for the Archbishops' Council: they weren't the ones designing the Census. More of a #fail for Lockheed Martin and their ilk, as "office-holder" is not a category limited to clergy of the established church.

See "Working out your employment status" (!) at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Understandingyourworkstatus/Workersemployeesandselfemployment/DG_183505

Posted by Justin Lewis-Anthony at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 6:45pm GMT

and how do we describe what we actually do in 34 characters - I look forward to the suggestions flowing below!

Posted by Ian Black at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 7:14pm GMT

Iofferthespotlesssacrificeofthemass.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 9:28pm GMT

At least one of my twitter pals has filled in the job description as "The cure of souls" - says it all in 17 characters!

Posted by Richard Gillin at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 10:02pm GMT

In box 26 (employment status) we are asked to tick all that apply - so clergy could hedge their bets and tick employee, self-employed and "none of the above"!

but perhaps the computer would just spit the form out......

Posted by Rosalind at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:17pm GMT

Richard said: "At least one of my twitter pals has filled in the job description as "The cure of souls" - says it all in 17 characters!"

Yes, but that would have to be recorded as a job-share with the Bishop because at the induction the mandate is given "receive the cure of souls which is both mine and thine"

Posted by Anglican observer at Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:47pm GMT

I simply put "Ministry" - says it all in 8 characters! Beat that!

Posted by Father David at Friday, 25 March 2011 at 6:48am GMT

'ministry' is unbeatable ! Thanks David.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 25 March 2011 at 6:54pm GMT

"Announce the kingdom of heaven" 31 characters

Posted by Murray at Friday, 25 March 2011 at 8:39pm GMT

"Proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven" - 30 characters, and I like "proclaim" better than "announce."

Posted by Malcolm French at Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 1:27pm GMT

Although this story relates to a Methodist minister, it would appear to have wider implications:

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/court/Church-minister-wins-employment-rights/article-3351906-detail/article.html

Posted by Laurence C. at Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 5:42pm GMT

Laurence
Possibly. I am going to report on this in a new article quite soon.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 10:09pm GMT
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