In the United States of America a jeweller rents wedding rings. You pay a weekly rental and after 12 months can keep the rings because “Statistically, people change their marriage partner before they change their Miele washing machine.”1
The current crisis of Anglicanism in Canada and the USA refl ects a deep and disturbing change in Western culture. We are living through a profound cultural shift in the way men and women enter,leave and re-enter sexual relationships, and in the way we think about child-bearing, nurture and family structure. Cohabitation, for example, has virtually replaced engagement, and increasingly couples have children later, out of marriage, if at all.2
Th ere are four elements in this shift.3
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