Leadership and Oversight: New Models for Episcopal Ministry by Malcolm Grundy

By Malcolm Grundy

Present public dialogue of faith is characterised by way of clash and acerbity. this is often due partially to the deeply opposed constructions of spiritual debates: technological know-how vs faith, theism vs atheism, creationism vs evolution, and so forth. This publication seems to Blake's and Wordsworth's poetry for a unique form of interpretive engagement with faith: one who can contain instead of exclude, and creatively interrelateGÇörather than destructively set at oddsGÇödifferent techniques to faith. The dialogue makes a speciality of a key non secular imaginative and prescient of every poet, and reveals its manner into the query of faith through the reception historical past of educational and renowned responses to those visions: the autobiographical, biographical, historic, mystical, psychedelic, and theological. those varied interpretations replicate varied aspects of the visions in query, and reflect their synthesizing inclusivity. because the poets negotiate diversified own and company studies of faith, their poetry achieves this inclusive kind of engagement no longer by means of looking an unworldly standpoint that has transcended such debates, yet by means of making spiritual imaginative and prescient an open assembly flooring for conflicting discourses.

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There has to be criticism and contradiction in the pictures that will be painted. Part of the chaos which appears to be a characteristic of change is shown in different forms of episcopal leadership in our churches. Some will endure and make a part of the new shape for a future church. indb 18 29/11/2010 13:47 The Vacuum in Leadership and Oversight 19 perhaps necessary distraction or accommodation in order that the main tasks of episkope in leadership can be accomplished. As we set out on our exploration we can only acknowledge that there is a great frustration with the work and achievements of bishops and those staff with whom they share episkope as we see and experience them.

This has a number of consequences. It does not necessarily mean that there are fewer clergy in a diocese. indb 20 29/11/2010 13:47 The Vacuum in Leadership and Oversight 21 or self-supporting. They are not necessarily as deployable, but are enormously committed. These priests are colleagues with a large number of lay people licensed to take services, and a whole range of ordained and non-ordained specialist workers. Such a significant spectrum of church personnel means that the life of the local church has changed already.

The strength of belonging to an organization larger than the local church is that it connects the congregation and its minister to a system which provides scrutiny, protection, accountability and identity. These benefits are clear for the local church and have to be exemplified in the practice of senior leaders if they are to play a respected part in the exercise of leadership. The landmark report which looked at episcopacy and the work of bishops in modern times was produced by a group commissioned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York with Chancellor Sheila Cameron QC as its chair.

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