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TitleRecords and original data of the Inter-Church Process 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims' survey 'Lent '86', and related research papers, 1986
Extent133 boxes
AbstractThe collection comprises the original data created in England by the Inter-Church Process 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims' survey 'Lent '86' into people's attitudes to churches and faith. The data takes the form of computer printouts and completed questionnaires. Published reports and other papers relating to the survey are also present.
Access ConditionsAccessible to readers only by advance appointment and some series are restricted pending full cataloguing.
Admin HistoryIn May 1985, leaders of 32 churches in England, Scotland and Wales agreed to launch a three-year Inter-Church Process of prayer reflection and debate on the nature and purpose of the Church in the light of its mission. The Process was called 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims'. It was decided that the first year should involve consultation with people locally to explore their views about churches and faith, so that this evidence of religious observance could be fed into wider national reflection and discussion.

A million people took part in the local consultation process in a series of group discussions during Lent in 1986; the process was entitled 'Lent '86'. Local churches and 57 radio stations were involved in the process which was backed up by the submission of 100,000 questionnaires. The results of the questionnaires were processed by a trained group of people across Great Britain, and then statistically analysed by Trumedia Study Oxford Limited. These results were summarised by Judy M. Turner-Smith of Trumedia and published in part one of 'Views from the pews: Lent '86 and local ecumenism, a report published for 'Not Strangers but Pilgrims' by the British Council of Churches and The Catholic Truth Society', and in 'What on earth is the church for?', published by Trumedia.

In conjunction with Lent '86, a full survey of local ecumenism in England was conducted. The survey involved 600 Councils of Churches, 44 county sponsoring bodies and 450 local ecumenical projects and took place in early 1986. The results demonstrated the pattern of church going in England and suggested paths for greater co-operation between churches. Hugh Cross, then Ecumenical Officer for England, summarised these results in part two of Views from the pews.
Custodial HistoryThe original data generated by the 'Lent '86' local consultation process for England was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections between August and December 1986. Data sets for other regions were separately disposed of. A further, small deposit of records relating to the survey of local ecumenism was received by the Department in December 1995.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Published works including 'What on earth is the church for?' (Lt P).

Reports (Lt R).

Computer printouts (Lt D).

Lent '86 questionnaires (Lt Q).

Councils of Churches questionnaires (Lt C).

Other papers relating to the conducting of the survey (Lt S).
MgtGroupReligious records
ArrangementThe collection has been divided by document type into series. The questionnaires are divided by region.
Religion - England
Ecumenical movement - England
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialChurch of England Record Centre: Archive of the British Council of Churches, c.1911-1990 (BCC)
Publication NoteInter-Church Process 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims', Views from the pews: Lent '86 and local ecumenism (British Council of Churches and The Catholic Truth Society: London, 1986)
Judy Turner-Smith, 'What on earth is the church for?' (Trumedia Study Oxford Limited: Oxford, 1986)

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA424British Council of Churches
NA425Catholic Truth Society
NA426Inter-Church Process 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims'; Lent '86 Committee
NA424British Council of Churches
NA426Inter-Church Process 'Not Strangers But Pilgrims'; Lent '86 Committee
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