EVEN MORE CLERGY STRESS

Check out G. Jeffrey MacDonald's op-ed piece at THE NEW YORK TIMES. It's an interesting addition to their recent clergy stress feature we posted some stuff on here at OCICBW...

Thanks for this, skittles.

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  1. Perhaps amongst all the problems besetting the Church of England, here’s one aspect that defines the benefit of having the “living” as opposed to the “Common Tenure” that is being forced upon its clergy through the “Terms & Conditions of Service” – that those with the “living” are not beholden to their congregations. Though we may be appointed through an interview process that involves representatives of the church, once inducted into the “living” of a parish/benefice you have the freedom to operate your ministry as you feel called, even if it ruffles the congregation feathers at times. They can write to the Bishop about you, but they can’t force you out, and neither can the Bishop – which is the main reason why all of them are in favour of replacing “livings” with “Common Tenure” – or to use everyday language – short-term contracts.