Our campaign promoting 'Poems, Piety, and Psyche' generated a wide range of national media coverage
Our book PR campaign for prominent progressive Christian theologian and author Reverend David Keighley has resulted in a significant swathe of national coverage.
Rev Keighley attracted media attention earlier this month when he proposed that English churches with congregations of fewer than 30 people should be sold and converted into free and affordable housing.
His plan, which has been submitted to the Archbishop of Canterbury, calls for up to 12,000 places of worship — around 75 per cent of all English churches — to be sold off, describing these buildings as little more than “museums gathering dust”.
Our news story resulted in national news placements with the Daily Mail Online as well as the print edition of the Daily Telegraph.
Reverend David Keighley is a respected progressive Christianity theologian who served as a country parson within the Church of England for almost 40 years.
Rev David Keighley sets out the case for urgent Church reform in his new collection of Christian poetry, Poems, Piety, and Psyche: Progressive Poems for Rebellious Christians (Resource Publications).
The news story also resulted in more than 10 BBC radio interviews for Rev Keighley, who believes that the sale of church buildings is necessary in light of diminishing congregation numbers and the widely-reported financial crisis within the Church of England.
The retired vicar, 72, added that the sale of the “virtually empty” churches would make “charitable” sense, raising tens of millions of pounds for good causes and provide homes to the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
He said: “In today’s pandemic world, fundamental Christian values such as compassion, care, and looking each other are needed more than ever.
“Most churches are serving no real purpose in today’s society. They should be sold off to local authorities to provide urgent new housing for the homeless, vulnerable, and first-time buyers.
“The money raised from the sales, meanwhile, should be used by the Church to fund charitable causes in our most stricken communities such as food banks, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, children’s mental health care, and youth clubs or community groups.”
A country parson for almost 40 years, Rev Keighley is a noted advocated for church reform and sets out his views in his new collection of radical Christian poems, ‘Poems, Piety, and Psyche’.