- Faithfulness, as opposed to self-centredness, cynicism, ambition and political opportunism
- Gentleness, which always seems weak and weedy in a world of hard-nosed assertive achievement. Pride, anger, ambition are far more fun. It’s all that some hacks can pick up on their radar, poor dears.
- Self-control, flies in the face of hedonism (eat, drink and be merry) and hi-ego self-actualization. Ironically, the only real way to self actualise is to defocus on self and get a life.
The success of Lambeth this year is all about whether we bishops can prioiritse God through the indaba process, based on listening, where everyone has a voice. Alternately we simply stick with what we’ve always done before. The people with big mouths and hot heads exercise them freely. The same old bores listen basically to themselves on the big stage. Everybody else shuts up as usual and tries to enjoy the sideshows. Some people love it, because the process does not challenge their basic lack of self-awareness, makes them feel rather grand, and feeds their self-importance. In this (still) overwhelmingly male gathering, it has to be said this is a bit of a little boys’ thing, too. The characteristic result is a bunch of grandiose pronouncements, mostly about about other people, which end up on the shelf, as ammo for strife and dissension.
Well, it’s up to us. That’s the challenge. The resources to meet it can’t be commanded behaviourally, but need to be growing inside from the Spirit — and allowing that deeper, more personal process, to happen is the real challenge.