Anglican Samizdat

February 10, 2009

Anglican Church of Canada: Myopia 2019

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada — David Jenkins @ 9:26 am

These days, the fashionable thing for businesses to do is produce a Vision Statement; it’s normally an exercise designed to conceal the fact that they are in it for the money. Not that that is an entirely bad thing, but business today, in spite of having abandoned its moral compass, still wishes to present at least a veneer of decency to its customers; so it must pretend it has intangible “core values” however fleeting they may be.

Here is advice from Scotiabank on preparing a vision statement for your business.

But, finding your true vision is neither quick nor painless. It involves asking yourself some difficult questions and sorting through meaningless adjectives in search of the true values at the heart of your company. What are your deepest concerns? What do you hold as your core beliefs? Does your company exist for a purpose beyond just making money?

Similarly, the Anglican Church of Canada, having ceased to be a Christian denomination, is a business which needs a Vision Statement as a diversion from the painful fact that it is teetering on bankruptcy and extinction. Fred Hiltz is peddling Vision 2019, which, apparently “is an opportunity to say ‘here’s what I think our church needs to be about.'” Fred has no idea what church needs to be about, so he has to ask those whom he is pretending to lead. He is adept at generating meaningless adjectives, though and he expresses considerable glee at the prospect of acquiring cash:

Contrast this with someone who actually knew what he was doing, Archbishop William Temple, who declared:  “The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members”.

The Anglican Church of Canada, on the other hand, exists chiefly for the enrichment of its bishops’ pensions. As everyone already knows, its core value is left wing political agitprop.



  1. Thought you and your congregation had resigned from the Anglican Church of Canada. Why are you still so obsessed with it?

    Comment by Simon — February 11, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  2. See here.

    Comment by David — February 11, 2009 @ 11:04 am

  3. The greatest “Vision Statement” I know of is God’s. Some of us call it the Bible. But what do I know?

    Comment by Gawk — February 12, 2009 @ 7:25 am

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