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.
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.