Alan Jacobs is a professor of English at Wheaton College and I often read his contributions to The American Scene and Touchstone.Â He attends an Anglican Mission in America Congregation.Â I would like to share some of his recent reflections on Archbishop Rowan Williams with you:
Yet I must say that, like many Anglican traditionalists, I have often been frustrated with Rowan in his role as Archbishop. Primarily it is his apparent passivity that has frustrated me: I have wanted him to take action, to do things, to shape events for the cause of orthodoxy, but he has persistently refused to intervene in the life of the Communion, and to some extent in his own Church of England, in clear and overt ways â€” in political ways. I and many others have wanted him to be a leader and this above all seems what he has refused to be.
But in these past few days I have been wondering whether there might be a method in Rowanâ€™s madness â€” or rather in Godâ€™s. Might it be possible that while Rowan is most certainly not the kind of leader we want, he is precisely the kind we need? That his leadership is not that of a Churchill but rather a Desert Father? We want decision, action, clearly set plans; Rowan offers prayer, meditation, stillness, silence. He models those disciplines for us, and in so doing (silently) commends them.
What if that is what we Anglicans actually need?