Since Rowan Williams stepped down this afternoon from the hardest job in the Church of England (or maybe not, parish life is just a microcosm of the Anglican Communion tbh), Twitter has been awash with suggestions of who will succeed him.
It was suggested that rather than the Crown Nominations Commission we could have a Bishops Got Talent show, with possible candidates competing for the post. This leads to the fun possibility of theme weeks:
- Sermon week
- Sitting through tedious civic occasions looking interested week
- Dealing with the media week (including a round of ‘explaining the basics of the Christian faith to most reporters and especially sub-editors’)
- Eyebrow styling week
- Mitre modelling week
It also led to speculation about who could be on the panel. They must obviously conform to the required stereotypes of benign expert/stroppy upstart/foxy chick/joker. First suggestions (who do not necessarily have to be alive or real) include:
- St John
- Archdeacon Robert (from Rev)
- Ellie (the Headteacher from Rev)
- Adrian Plass.
I’d love to hear your ideas for possible rounds and those you have for alternative panel members.