A Letter From St Paul’s Cathedral to the Nomads

Posted: 09 January 2012, in Blog

Christians vs. Lions

A letter from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Nomad

Oh why rest here you yurt dwelling dissenters? You expose our political and financial connections, material attachments and hermeneutical struggles. Yet we espouse the same things – sort of. We completely understand your position but it would be so much more tolerable if only you could be more agreeable.  We love the poor. We love you too.

We have it on very good authority that your points are understood by the powers that be. The problem is that things are just so very difficult just now. Our Greek Orthodox friends are never off the phone just now and we are scheduled to debate Matthew 21:12 “… and Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers …” – shortly after Christmas, or possibly Easter.

At any rate, no one should doubt our commitment to supporting you although we prefer to do this sotto voce, as journalists have the distressing habit of mischief-making. This is too serious a matter for all that. Incidentally, if the weather declines can we offer you some Christian charity – tea or the use of a bathroom perhaps?

We would prefer to look to the future. Let us describe a lovely day to you. We recently met a social entrepreneur. His team are doing marvellous things with the poor just now – you should visit him – soon. It is truly inspiring and uplifting to see someone with a genuine social mission. In fact, this social entrepreneur told us that the social mission or purpose is more important than any other feature of a social enterprise. He also described the difference between social entrepreneurship and charity.

Furthermore, he went on to say that no social enterprise should take decisions or actions that are in conflict with the social mission of the organisation. In practice this apparently means that internal stakeholders should not be featherbedded because that diverts money and resources away from the purpose of the enterprise – helping its beneficiaries, clients or members or addressing some form of injustice or inequality. This was an uplifting moment and proves that love of our fellow man and woman is the answer.

This is all marvellous. We may set up a commission to look into the opportunities social enterprises can bring to people. We are truly inspired to discover that there are still some organisations that can proclaim that their mission is more important than any of the temporary structural or organisational arrangements they devise. It is even more impressive when they prove it.

Morethanprofitman

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