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I hope that in our community:

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In preparation fro writing my 23rd Annual Report as Rector of St. Philip Church, I have been reflecting on the values to which I aspire for us as a church. Here, with a few additional reflections, is the second group of five values:

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As I have been preparing to write my 23rd Annual Report as Rector of St. Philip Church, it has occurred to me that there are number of qualities, I hope might guide us as a community of faith.

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The powerful leader is powerful because she consistently and patiently carries the central vision of the organization.

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I spent 5 hours yesterday with 50 Anglicans from the Victoria area discussing our emerging Diocesan Vision in preparation for Synod on 12 September.

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Schemes abound; plans proliferate. Elaborate strategies are devised; visions multiply, and radical new directions are proposed.

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Gillian Scott at “God and Politics” has looked at the church scene in Great Britain and come to a few conclusions.

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Everyone in the Christian Church seems to agree that the way we in the church have been doing business for the past fifty years is working less well than it once did.

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Ben Cameron concludes his reflections on the place of the arts in our culture by articulating a stirring vision of the potential role the arts might play in a responsive society. It is hard to imagine a vision more appropriate to the church.
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The fourth characteristic Cameron sees in organizations that will meet the future successfully is a commitment to what he calls “essentializing.”

The groups that are most likely to survive are those committed to essentializing—to becoming rigorously clear about their values, rigorously committed to absolute pursuit of mission and absolute irreverence in examining past behavior. Every organizational assumption that guides them will be challenged.

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