1.1 Changing rural areas: what about the church?
Annette Aagaard Thuesen,
Danish Centre for Rural Research, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, firstname.lastname@example.org
The church is the oldest and most constant institution in many rural areas. Despite closures of many types of rural services such as schools, post offices, elderly homes etc., the church has managed to keep its position in the local rural communities. Today, however, it is an institution which, although physically visible and open to everyone, is living a somewhat limited existence due to the general populations’ lower interest in religious influence on their everyday life. In the Danish context, this means that smaller church councils are merged into larger councils, and to some extent the church is in a situation where it has to redefine its role in the local community in order to maintain its position. This working group invites papers dealing with the role of the church in rural development in general but also the ways in which the church enters into cooperation with other interest groups and associations in the local rural community to keep both the church and the local community developing.
Traditional presentations of draft papers with appointed discussants