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The other thing I have been musing on today is how different people approach a conference like this - especially when they are used to running things and cannot control this one. I attended a conference in Wittenberg, Germany, last year when the German Church (EKD) addressed its ten year reform programme under the title 'Church of Freedom' (Kirche der Freiheit). The 'Impulspapier' divided the church's task into twelve elements that then formed the content of the conference. At the first plenary session a longstanding, more traditional bishop stood up and took the document apart. He claimed that the Church is not the 'Church of Freedom', but the Church of Jesus Christ. This clever statement then enabled several people to dismiss the report and the whole process. They had found the gap - the error - and therefore were absolved from any responsibility to engage with it.
I am reminded of this not because I think this a German problem, but because I think this is how powerful people behave when they don't like being powerless. I think there are bishops here who are behaving like this and find endless fault in everything. I would like to go on a conference organised by them and show them what it is like to have people identify (oh so cleverly) all the other ways in which it could have been done.
I think this process has been remarkable....
If others haven't engaged with it and gained from it, that's too bad. But it is only by engaging with it that you stand any chance of getting any gain from it. Furthermore, I am fully committed to getting stuck into whatever we come out with at the end of this conference - whether that be something good or something a bit hopeless. The Church has gone through two millennia of ups and downs and threats and challenges and now is no different. After all, the Church is not the kingdom of God - we are called to be a sign of the Kingdom and that impacts (drives?) not only what we believe but how we live together.
This is significant in the light of this afternoon's second 'hearing'. Of 27 speakers, 23 were westerners (American, English, Irish, Canadian and Australian[)]. Of those 23, 15 were from TEC and they ran the gamut of TEC complexions. Once again, they spoke with passion and clarity, but what was not said about their province was as significant as what they did say. What I think was most significant about this was that the Americans cannot say that their voice has not been listened to and heard. (The other speakers were from Sudan, South India and Egypt.)
Read it all (timestamp of entry is Monday 28 July 2008 - 06:24pm)
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