The slow, strange race to be the next bishop of london

In typical theatrical style, the outgoing Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, he of the sonorous voice and imposing beard, ‘never knowingly underdressed’, ‘the last of the great prince bishops’, attended his final service as bishop at last Thursday’s liturgy at St Paul’s Cathedral for Candlemas — the day on which Simeon spoke the words, ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.’

Some say Chartres has become rather too fond of dining with the royal family recently and has neglected the duller duty of getting to know his lesser clergy; but the general consensus is that, in his 21 years in the post, through sheer charm and force of character, he has brilliantly managed to keep the almost impossibly polarised diocese of London together. Garden state parkway Under his tenure, London has changed from being ‘the problem diocese’ (in terms of numbers) to the great success story.

And so the long-drawn-out process to find his replacement trundles into gear. Watch mlb online free streaming live It will take till November. Hardscaping You hear it bandied about that ‘Theresa May would like the next Bishop of London to be a woman.’ Well, she might, but the fact is that since Gordon Brown changed the rules, the Prime Minister has no say in the matter. Major league baseball scores from last night Brown (son of the manse) felt so uncomfortable about exercising patronage in the Church of England that he put a stop to it, even though Jack Straw advised him not to change a system that worked. Landscape wallpaper In doing so, he abolished the kind of prime-ministerial whimsicality that had allowed Margaret Thatcher to choose Carey over Habgood. Irrigation definition geography But the change chopped in half the number of ‘gatekeepers’ gathering the names of inspirational high-fliers.

The hub of bishop-choosing is now start-lingly undemocratic — ‘hardly better’, as one clergyman put it to me, ‘than the bad old days of a few men sitting round the club table at the Athenaeum’. Vegetable garden layout ideas It all comes down to Who Keeps The Pool. Francesca battistelli free to be me ‘The Pool’ is the highly secret list of those deemed to be ready to be a bishop in high office. Spring training arizona Its nickname is the ‘Ready Now List’, or the ‘Oven Ready List’. Baseball diamond clipart Before Gordon Brown, both the Prime Minister’s appointments secretary and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s appointments secretary kept lists. Nsa softball Now, the sole keeper of the list is a woman called Caroline Boddington, the archbishops’ appointments secretary, a layperson who happens to be the wife of the Bishop of Derby. Garden city kansas She has become more and more influential during her 11 years in the role. Frances bean cobain instagram Because she works at Lambeth Palace and hangs out with the Archbishop of Canterbury all the time, the sense is that ‘if your face doesn’t fit’ with those two at Lambeth, you’ve got no hope of getting on to the list.

Alongside that unhealthily one-sided gatekeeper situation, the next part of the system has become so politically correctly democratic and committee-led that there seems no chance of choosing anyone exciting. Softball tournaments in nj The diocese’s vacancy-in-see committee draws up a profile of the kind of person they’d like the new bishop to be, taking soundings from all over the diocese. Softball field diagram (The London profile is likely to be ‘Nice friendly married person who knows London, not too raving Evangelical, not too raving High, who has worked in London before and has grown-up children and a few grandchildren and a dog.’) The diocese elects six of its members to join up with the six members of the Crown Nominations Commission (three clergy, three lay, evened out between High and Low), who, with the two archbishops (so, 14 people in all), will meet twice to interview four candidates from The Pool, all of whom tick the boxes on the diocesan profile. Football scores for tonight The four candidates have to write personal statements, trying to tread the fine line between proving their suitability for the job and not showing off, before being summoned to Lambeth for a day of interviews. Garden design online The competitive spirit of that day doesn’t tally with most candidates’ training in self-effacement.

In recent years it has tended to be the case that if those six people from the diocese are united in wanting a particular candidate to win, that candidate does win. Garden of words trailer It used to be four from the diocese and six from the national church, but now it’s six-six. Fencing The result is that the needs of the national church no longer take precedence over the needs of the diocese — which tends to count against the maverick brilliant theologian types. High pitch eric blue bloods Dioceses say, ‘We don’t want a dry and dusty theologian, do we?’ This, say some, is a bad state of affairs: we need our theologian bishops, even if they are dry and dusty, which they aren’t necessarily.

A vote is taken, and the majority must be at least two thirds, although I’m not sure what two thirds of 14 is. French flag history It used to be that two names were put forward to the Prime Minister for him or her to choose from. Propeller pitch Now one name is put forward: the second is only there in case the first one doesn’t accept the post. Garden centre dubai The Chosen One receives a letter from the Prime Minister, who has had no role in the process.

So, who might be on the Oven Ready List and be about to be plucked out as one of those four candidates for Bishop of London? Generally, for the grand post of Bishop of London, which includes being a privy councillor as well as a seat in the House of Lords, you need to have been a diocesan bishop already. Baseball league leaders Since the vote for women to be bishops was passed in 2014, only two women have been made diocesan bishops. Fencing chicago One is Rachel Treweek (Gloucester) — lovely, but won’t set the world on fire (typical line from one of her sweet sermons: ‘My story and who I am is no greater or any less than your story’); and Christine Hardman (Newcastle) — also lovely but does not seem sufficiently large of stature. Best baseball stadiums Those two haven’t been in post for long enough to be Bishop of London yet, most believe. Basketball teams nba So it probably won’t be a woman. Pitch meaning in business The once-tipped June Osborne and Vivienne Faull seem to have been shunted into sidings as cathedral deans and may well go no further.

The next burning question is, ‘Might it be Nicky Gumbel?’, the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton. Baseball diamondbacks ‘I’d be very surprised if Gumbel’s name was not on Caroline Boddington’s list,’ one bishop said to me, slightly despairingly. College softball world series scores But the general feeling ranges from ‘Surely not’ to ‘Please God, no’. Usssa softball world series Yes, it’s true that 27 million people have taken the Alpha Course, which HTB started. College softball world series winners Yes, 1.7 million people across the world have downloaded Gumbel’s Bible in One Year (with his commentary) and read it every morning over their muesli and soya milk. Funny fantasy football team names 2015 Yes, Gumbel is an Old Etonian who could probably hold his own among the great and good of the City. Garden of eden key west But he has hardly ever been out of his HTB bubble. Landscape and urban planning It’s a gigantic bubble, but a bubble nonetheless. Fantasy football yahoo rankings He was curate and vicar at the same church. Fantasy baseball keeper rankings 2016 He hasn’t had nearly enough breadth of ecclesiological experience to understand and hold the extreme ends of the Church together.

Which brings us to the heart of the (probable) list: the Stephens, Grahams, Toms and Adrians who are doing well as bishops in their dioceses but are now deemed ready for promotion. Fantasy baseball team name generator The good news is that there are some extremely impressive ones around at the moment, and there’s a strong hope we’ll get someone good. Minor league baseball schedule The bad news is that none, but none, of them has a voice as gloriously sonorous as Richard Chartres.

There’s Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, who cares about cities and emphasises that the Bible begins in a garden (Eden) but ends in a city (the heavenly Jerusalem). Espn fantasy football api An official biographical note describes him as ‘married to Gill with three grown-up children and a mad black labrador’. Fancesa He ticks all those boxes. Pool and patio (No chance of a practising gay Bishop of London yet. Fantasy football rankings ppr The most you can be is gay and officially celibate, but even that will hamper you.) If Newman got the job, though, it would be a bit of a comedown in terms of beard: Newman has a Gary Lineker-type ‘Van Dyke’, with a thin vertical line of facial hair going down from bottom of mouth to goatee.

Then there’s the ‘boy bishop’, as he’s known, because he looked about 12 when he was installed as Bishop of Truro. Justbats reviews Tim Thornton is his name: he knows London, having been chaplain to a previous bishop, but he might not have quite enough charisma to carry the job off. Landscaping ideas front yard There’s delightful Stephen Conway of Ely (Anglo-Catholic), and Bible-bashing Graham Tomlin of Ken-sington (Evangelical).

But my money (and other people’s, too) would be on Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford. Minor league baseball teams near me He was state-educated in Leigh-on-Sea, so can be ‘a bit cor-blimey’, as some have said to me. Facebook app for windows 10 It’s true that his recent talk in the cathedral to his clergy included the phrases ‘Who gives a toss?’, ‘Flush down the toilet’ and ‘What the bloody hell?’ But he grows on you. Masonry ios He’s a scintillating public communicator, straddles both the Evangelical and the Anglo-Catholic traditions, is self-deprecating, funny, articulate and imaginative. Online football manager games with real players If he’s chosen, we’ll just have to blot out the Chartres voice from our memory: no point in comparing them.