Anglicans: A Brew in the Pew

Out of sheer desperation, perhaps, Anglican priests will try almost everything to pump new life into their rundown urban parishes. In his eight years as rector of St. Mary's in London's grimy Woolwich district, the Rev. Nick Stacey, 40, has wheeled a beauty queen around town in a cart to publicize a church benefit, opened a coffee bar and canteen for teenagers, and instituted bingo games for their elders. More seriously, his 14-man staff has started a housing service for indigents, a suicide emergency center, and a host of other useful counseling...