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Sometimes denominational life is frustrating for reasons you can’t exactly put your finger on. But as we’ve spent the last day talking some of the reason for this has become clearer to me.
The institution has a life of its own. I’m told that I shouldn’t refer to the Union’s current financial situation as a crisis because it sends unhelpful messages. But who is it that makes that call? The answer is it emerges from some smoke filled room that no one thinks they are in on. So good people contribute to the life of the denomination but most feel some frustration. Yet I'm also part of the institution, I know how to work a white middle class old boys nextwork, so if I feel frustrated what does it feel like to others?
The institution defines the whole. Because the system has developed over a long period of time it has a culture of working and processing things. As a result things arrive at Council in a linear format; do you prefer x or y. Well actually I don’t want to ask that question. Yesterday we spent another hour discussing the shape and format of Council; yes I think Council needs reform but actually I think the proposals are wrong. But more than that this is the wrong answer to the wrong question at the wrong time. Council should kick it out but I would place money (if I were a betting person) that the wording will be changed so that Council approves the measure before it ends.
We need to think of life after the institution.
There is a lot more to be said and when I've thought how to express it I'll repost some of this. But now I’m off to try and be more positive, stop being so grumpy and see if I can make a contribution to today!