One of the key questions which is being asked at the moment in Sydney about our two prospective candidates for next week’s election as Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney is which man will best unite the Diocese? While in one sense we’re obviously a fairly unified bunch (often it feels like Sydney contra Mundum!) it is noticeable that one candidate has a far wider and deeper level of support amongst key figures throughout the active committees of the Diocese.
The WhyRick team have just released their last round of information, including a glossy brochure [pdf]. Here’s a copy for your perusal…
What’s fascinating is the table on page 3. Of those members of diocesan committees who have nominated one candidate or another, three quarters have gone with Rick. Notably that includes 31 out of 38 Standing Committee members who oversee the monthly administration and policy of the Diocese, three quarters of the key Property Trust members and all 9 Mission Board members who nominated. Reflecting on the wider Anglican political scene (both domestic and foreign) and who has the confidence of members to take the Diocese forward in those tricky waters we note that 29 out of 35 reps nominated Rick.
I’ve heard it mentioned around the traps that the nomination of Rick is really just an “inside job” of a few elites in the Diocese. Well if that’s the case then this is a fairly widespread (almost exhaustively comprehensive) conspiracy! Could it just be that Rick Smith is the unity candidate? We’ll see for sure next week at the Election Synod.
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I’ll be praying for the election synod and rejoicing that you have 2 such high quality candidates to pick from. I maintain great respect for the Coptic Orthodox system of selecting a pope, where they hold elections to get to a final 3, then draw the name from a glass bowl like Tattslotto. They believe it leaves the final word to God.
Do you have any comment on the allegations by the Glenn supporters in their latest email that the statistics contained in the Why Rick brouchure are flawed due to “double counting” “sampling bias” & a “skewed sample”?
Hi Roger. Happy to copy what I wrote on a facebook thread addressing that issue earlier today.