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Canterbury Cathedral Hosts Silent Disco Amid Protests

Some call it a ‘nave rave’, a word that sounds like ‘blasphemy’ to describe two ’90s-themed silent discos held in one of Britain’s oldest cathedrals. There are some people.

On Thursday night, Canterbury Cathedral’s beautiful interior looked more like a vintage ’90s nightclub than a revered place of worship. Dozens of revelers jumped up and down with psylliums while listening to the beats on headphones.

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most revered houses of worship in all of Christianity. Founded in 597 AD, the church is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior bishop of the Church of England, and major leaders of the global Anglican Communion.

Given the Cathedral’s historic and contemporary significance, Dean of Canterbury, the Reverend David Monteith, said: guaranteed The public insisted that disco was “in no way a ‘rave in the nave'” and was “appropriate and respectful of the cathedral”.

Those assurances did not reassure the faithful who were protesting outside the cathedral on Thursday and others who signed a petition calling for the event to be canceled.

The petition, which had 1,779 signatures as of Friday, says discos have the opposite effect of drawing young people to church.

“It does not bring young people closer to Christ, but rather sends a message that Christ, His Church, and all the truth, beauty, and goodness that His Church has to offer are valid.” not important” of petition read. “That entertainment is more deserving of our attention than God. That Christians don’t take their faith or holy sites seriously.

“That Christianity is a lame joke.”

The disco also brought a rebuke from Father Calvin Robinson, a priest and outspoken critic of the Church of England’s shift to the left.

The cathedral’s appeal to history and sanctity did not sway church leaders, who insisted that revelers be allowed to discover Canterbury ‘on their own terms’.

“Whether people choose to come to Canterbury Cathedral primarily as worshipers, as tourists or as participants in our events, they will discover this wonderful place anew and in their own way. It’s always a pleasure to see discoveries made in the United States,” Monteith added.

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

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