I’ve been in London most of the week – doing whatever bishops do in London. I think we’re supposed to hang out around The Atheneum – but not this one. I was due to come back from Cambridge this morning – a bit fraught since they seemed to have forgotten how to run the trains between Cambridge and Stansted. Croziers on the line at Bishop’s Stortford as Reginald Perrin would have said. I had to buy a taxi.
Just time to draw breath before launching the episcopal electoral process for the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway at the Preliminary Meeting of the Electoral Synod on Saturday. This requires an intimate knowledge of Canon 4 which sets out how it is done. For obvious reasons, I am a fan of Canon 4 – tho’ it is incredibly demanding of those who submit themselves to its scrutiny. And of course the one thing that Canon 4 doesn’t help with is the most important and difficult of all – the task of vocational discernment. I’m happy to tackle most things. But vocational discernment – whether of potential ordinands or of clergy seeking congregational appointments … Prayerful and insightful humility, I think.