Dignity at Work (clergy)

Ministry brings many stresses and pressures, external and internal. It carries particular vulnerabilities. We have to work intentionally to ensure that the working life of Ministers, lay and ordained, does not become a playground for bullies and fantasists, with religion functioning as a kind of insanity licence. This result cannot be achieved by accodent.

Sometimes people who haven’t quite made a strong linkage between faith and justice ask why it is necessary to bring external HR good practice among the saints — wouldn’t it be more Christian just to trust everybody to be good all the time? 

I’d love to do that, but all of us, including (especially, perhaps) bishops have a higher duty of care towards each other. There is plenty in the Gospel to imply we should love our neighbour, including the neighbour with whom we work, as ourselves. By love all shall know you are my disciples, says the Lord. I wouldn’t expect people who took this as their basis for living to behave worse, or less justly, towards each other than would be allowed, say, at Marks and Spencers. I would, indeed, hope they were prepared to put themseves out to behave better...

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Judging Clergy misconduct

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Bullying, Bureaucracy, Vague Values?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Dignity at work: Systemics

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Preventing Clergy Bullying (of and by)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Get real! Kill George Herbert!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Pastoral Care: Good Shepherds?

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Kicking ’em when they’re down

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Clergy stress and wellbeing at work

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Bullying: diagnostics (provisional)

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Clergy bullying: Trouble at Mill?

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Anxiety, leadership & Rabbi Friedman

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Vicarage Allsorts: Clergy Quality

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Ending Discrimination — Amen Brother!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Bully pulpit — On baiting of the Clergy


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