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The conference is being held in London on 2 December 2014.
Saturday, 31 May 2014
Control and Grace
[This originally appeared as the Chair's piece in MODEM Matters issue 27 in May 2014]
favourite part of my daily diet is Richard Rohr’s broadcast email. In the last few weeks he has got
me thinking more and more about the tragedy of Christians, or the Church,
abusing religion to control people. Rohr frequently argues that this is the
opposite of the grace of God, and that releasing ourselves from such control
(which he calls ‘discharging your loyal soldier’) is an essential part of
think this is an interesting question for Modem as a community because the myth
that ‘leaders’ can and should control others in their organizations is still
widespread in secular organizations, and is still tragically fashionable in
Churches. We can see church authorities in all denominations doing huge damage
to the energy and effectiveness for the gospel of churches by confusing control
with leadership. As Margaret Wheatley puts it, ‘In this chaotic world we need
leaders. But we don’t need bosses’. Leaders, in her view, maintain clarity
about the purpose and direction of the organization. Bosses control.
we, as a community, make a contribution to this?