Comments: Opinion - 27 May 2017

That Holman Hunt picture has always been one of my favourites: not for the moralism, but simply because it's a gorgeous painting. I love the sensuality, and how vivid and natural it is.

I suppose the article is supposed to make us question the social and church leadership of today. Maybe, though, it is not just leadership at fault. Maybe stagnant culture extends deeper than just always blaming the leaders, because each one of us as Christians or whatever our beliefs live adjacent to poverty, abandonment, sickness, youth hopelessness etc.

And also, I believe many of our bishops are good and decent people. The problem, I think, is one of paradigms. And need for radical culture change.

Leadership can emerge from communities of ordinary people, immersing their lives in society, alongside the poor, on the street, and at work. And sharing lives together.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Saturday, 27 May 2017 at 1:26pm BST

Archdruid Eileen's failed church advertising slogans raised a bittersweet smile :) And here's Rowan Williams' concept of hell (the best I've read): "My concept of hell, I suppose, is being stuck with myself for ever and with no way out. Whether anybody ever gets to that point I have no idea. But that it's possible to be stuck with my selfish little ego for all eternity, that's what I would regard as hell."

Posted by Pam at Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:38am BST
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