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In Search of Democratic Equality

...citizens of the Western democracies, and Americans in particular, no longer understand the concept of democracy itself. This, perhaps more than anything, has corroded the relationship between experts and citizens. The relationship between experts and citizens is not "democratic." All people are not, and can never be, equally talented or intelligent. Democratic societies, however, are… Continue reading In Search of Democratic Equality

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The Loss of Institutional Memory

"Much is said about the dumbing-down of politics; the 24-hour news cycle; too much polling and poll-driven politics; the decline of community involvement in political organisations; the rise of the political professional; and the decline of “real-life” experience among our politicians. Without doubt, these all play a role. But elements that I think are regularly… Continue reading The Loss of Institutional Memory

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Community Setting of Ordained Ministry

To understand the relational nature of priestly spirituality, we must remember that the presbyter is ordained to three interrelated roles in the community: shepherd, prophet, and priest. ... the glue which holds the three together is pastoral leadership. The presbyter acts, first of all, in persona Christi - in the person of Christ who is the… Continue reading Community Setting of Ordained Ministry

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Planning, Box-Ticking, and Meetings

While functional stupidity is a key resource for an organisation, it can also do conspicuous harm. It can lead to meaningless and non-productive work being undertaken: writing plans, ticking boxes, endless meetings take over. Often there is a stark clash between the official version of events and the lived realities. For individuals, functional stupidity turns… Continue reading Planning, Box-Ticking, and Meetings