I'll start this post by admitting I'm not a Daily Mail reader, in fact I read it at my in-laws as a form of painful entertainment than anything else. But this article has really got my goat...
Complaining that Bishop's are too real? Too approachable? Too relaxed?
People prefer their Bishops to be alouf, separated and robed at all times?
What is that about?
Did Jesus robe specially? I think not.
I've been wondering if it's a set up, to try to get a rise from people like me, but knowing the daily mail I think it might be serious.
It seems to me that Bishops can't get it right whatever they do. Their either disconnected from the real world and theologising from ivory towers; or their slovenly and approachable.
Personally I like this move towards a more open style; it is a public demonstration that Bishops are human, like the rest of us, called by God to their ministerial role.
As a mere lay minister I will robe when needed; but mostly I will be dressed as me as appropriate for work with kids. My clothes do not change my calling or ministry, that's all inside.
I wonder whether Bishop John will be open collared at my licensing? Of course he won't, after all we'll all be robed. But how about the day after when he's coming to a special service at church? I hope he doesn't expect me robed because I'll be running Sunday school and can't do that in a cassock. It'd be great to see him informal with the kids, just as Jesus did.