Now there are some things that you don’t expect to hear from a Cathedral Dean.  Here is the one I heard today:

The church needs to be more flexible. We’ve got too big and stagnant.  The institution is finding it difficult to move.  We need to man the lifeboats.

When ships relied upon sails they could become stranded because of a lack of wind.  When the wind drops you take to the lifeboats and pull the bigger ship along into the future.

Not being an ancient mariner I am unable to confirm the historical accuracy of his words.  However, it is a beautiful illustration for the future of the church.  Truly unexpected coming from one so high within the institution.  Very humbling!