Thursday, March 05, 2009
Choosing the route
It was the last item on that little list which was a bit depressing: there are so few stipendiary clergy in the diocese these days that the choice when it comes to, say, choosing the group to consider who might be our next bishop is, well, limited. But it was a relief to me to hear it spelled out clearly during one debate that we must ordain young people to be priests, for a church served entirely by people of retirement age is indeed going to be a church of retired people.
The road ahead may look as if it's leading straight into difficult terrain, but we have to keep moving forward. Whether it's in the choice of bishop or the appointment of a new rector for my own church, we cannot revert to the church of the '50s - no matter how cosy that might seem. For in the event, I think it'd be no cosier than the Arrochar Alps look in my photo.