Tuesday, June 22, 2010

That interesting Dean of Southwark Cathedral

... might lead his Cathedral and Chapter out of the Anglican Communion?

John Richardson offers analysis of the evening sermon the day Presiding Bishop Schori preached at Southwark Cathedral:

"This, however, brings us to the most significant statement of all, for having acknowledged that threats of separation may turn into reality, and having indicated that this might be not only necessary but helpful, the Dean states quite clearly his own conviction:
I believe the Chapter and congregation of this church will walk the same path as the Episcopal Church of America, the links are deep in our history, especially here.
Thus, according to the Dean, the Chapter and congregation of Southwark Cathedral are ready, when the time comes, to separate from others in the Anglican Communion, and to do so in line with TEC."

What an interesting approach to Anglican life this Dean has. Some Kiwis know Colin Slee well. So it is of interest, even Down Under, what his thinking is on such matters.


Anonymous said...

I see that people on Titusonenine say that England's Colin Slee has tried first to become Bishop of Christchurch and then of Auckland.
What is his attraction to Down Under? Does he think colonials are easy pickings?
He's 65 and has been ordained for 40 years. Is this his last crack at power? Does he fear an evangelical takeover in London?

Al Mynors



Peter Carrell said...

To Anonymous who sent a very interesting comment re Slee's unpopularity in London ... I need your name to publish as I have stopped publishing anonymous comments (with the modest exception of one or two witty comments on "off topic" matters).

Unknown said...

Mitregate. What about Gardengate? Colin Slee is rapidly becoming the most unpopular man in Southwark with his own congregation. He appears to have a number of battles on his hands, not the least of which has brought him into direct conflict with his own community. He is threatening to demolish an old church (All Hallows on Copperfield Street in Borough SE1) to make way for a private flats’ development that is being opposed by hundreds of local people as it will take away their light and destroy their quality of life. The proposed development – which Colin Slee has publicly admitted will not see a return on investment for 25 years – is being built in the heart of a conservation area. He also appears intent on destroying the adjoining community garden and removing it from community management which it has been in for over 40 years. The fact that he refuses to guarantee continued public access in writing suggests he intends to close the garden off for private use. Colin Slee argues he is legally bound to maximise profits for the church even if that is at the expense of a community. But legal advice secured by campaigners trying to save All Hallows Church and Community Garden says the ‘legal obligations’ Slee describes are open to interpretation. This is the third time he has tried to develop the All Hallows’ site, three times trying to sneak it through without any community consultation. He has been beaten twice by the community who objected en masse to the planning applications. And he has stated publicly that if he doesn’t get planning permission third time around he will just keep on submitting planning applications. No-one has really been able to establish why Colin Slee is so determined to develop this site. More information on his community track record at http://www.saveallhallows.com

Peter Carrell said...

Hi Aggie,
I appreciate the PS you have sent to me, but I need to be careful about publishing such material - I am sure it is true, but I do not want this blog to be accused (more than it might already be) of descending to the level of tittle-tattle.