Colin Coward, as always, makes some sensible - grown up - comments about the threatened boycott of the Primates' Meeting here. he asks, "Should we expect senior Anglican leaders to behave in a mature, adult, non-abusive way?"
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I remember being told by an assistant bishop that the Senior Staff of that diocese had once had a consultant in. They did the lifeboat exercise (you know: what / who would you throw out if your survival was at stake, that sort of thing). He told that individually they had scored around 80%; as a group they scored just 50%.
I think this is symptomatic. Clergy are trained into individualism and don't know how to work together. It becomes a way of life which does not change just because clergy become senior and have to manage people. Indeed, Dioceses are structured around one person to whom all deference is given - neither factor encouraging effective corporate work.
I've met a couple of people who might attend the Primates' Meetings (one current and one previous) and I've read the words of others. For the most part I have been impressed by their ability and piety, their perceptiveness and wisdom, as individuals. It's such a shame that when they get together they can't seem to step from being the big cheese to being merely a large cog in the one machine.
So, yes, we should expect senior Anglican leaders to behave in a mature, adult, non-abusive way. Or, at least, we should hope so.