Maybe the election of the Bishop Justin Duckworth as bishop of Wellington says much more about the grey heads ‘hungry for Justin’ than it does about the Rev’d Duckworth. For no individual, whatever their dream or commitment to a better world has been able to significantly change an institution, and it’s not for want of trying.
Organisations have a life of their own, a strange combination of power and vulnerability, dreams and missions, factions that control various parts of their functioning, ways of ritualizing what’s important and an overwhelming entanglement in a culture that has grown them, and to which they owe some allegiance. It’s a balancing act.
Sande Ramage is an Anglican priest and Blogger
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