Thursday, May 11, 2006

institutional individuality...

Another Officer Magazine quote...
"Without individuals nothing happens. Without institutions nothing survives" said 18th century diplomat Talleyrand

If we get the balance wrong, and individuality dominates, we will become a congregational denomoination - a collection of corps and centres (churches) united only by bureaucracy, with little common sense of theology, priorities or practice. If the insitution dominate we become powerless to act decisively and effectively and become a reactionary and conservative monolith dominated by managers whose time is consumed by maintenance and not much else. Neither is appealing but embrace the tension that is something else entirely."
Sandercock-Brown, G (2006) Embrace the Tension, Officer. Jan/Feb 2006

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