Comments: Crown Nominations Commission - a Report for General Synod

GS Misc 1147 is to be welcomed, not least as it is a rare example of the CNC demonstrating some accountability. However, its content is somewhat anodyne, as might have been expected. While it strongly endorses the use of interviews as part of the discernment process, it does not attempt to show how the CNC makes the critical decision as to whom to interview. The first Oxford CNC clearly invited, say, four candidates and none commanded the required two-thirds majority of CNC members (not CNC members voting). That is a waste of people's time and lives. I have put a question down on this at the forthcoming Group of Sessions at York this weekend. The related TA comment on deputising central members is also interesting. My short experience as a central member between 2005-07 revealed no deputies, except that ++Sentamu did not want to be party to choosing his successor at Birmingham, which was reasonable. However, the Presidents do have a critical influence on the process and I am unclear as to why both seem to have absented themselves on a number of recent occasions. Urgent personal reasons might have been a factor. As to other central members not showing up, there has clearly been an issue with the sheer volume of vacant sees and with each taking the best part of three days it is a major commitment of time. However, central members are the 'glue' in the system, have a better understanding of the needs of the wider Church and get used to working together. They also have a far better understanding and knowledge of potential candidates, some of whom are obviously considered for more than one see. For there to have been four members deputising at the St Eds & Ips CNC, widely regarded as having been a problem CNC (at least by reference to some questions thereafter at General Synod), might have been a contributory factor.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Monday, 4 July 2016 at 5:22pm BST
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