Monday, 1 April 2013

St Mary Woolnoth, City of London churches: Spiritual Derivatives

Insurance man James Gerry identifies a strange trend, writes Paul Coleman.
Senior City of London bank and finance company executives are apparently attending St Mary Woolnoth, one of the famous 'Square Mile' churches, in greater number and with increased frequency.
  Gerry, also a church warden, says the bank chiefs are trying to "square their business with Christian compassion".
  Since the 2008 financial meltdown the number of registered church members in the City has risen 24% to 3,566, according to Diocese of London figures.
   "There is tension in the workplace and people are struggling to cope," says Gerry.       
  "People are a bit desperate. They're asking, 'Is this all there is?'"
   Nearby, St Stephen Walbrook runs morality sessions in tandem with its neighbouring bank, Rothschild's.
  Church membership outside the City has remained stable. 
The City of London's resident population has also stabilised around 8,000.

Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, April 2013

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