Mediating Institutions: Creating Relationships between by Malcolm Torry

By Malcolm Torry

This unique e-book experiences a wide selection of mediating associations, either organizational and non-organizational, in offices, residential components, and in wider society. Focusing upon associations within the Thames Gateway and with case stories throughout south-east London, Europe and the us, Meditating Institutions highlights the significance of realizing, developing and protecting those corporations that facilitate relationships among non secular associations and others inside society. Discussing their constructions and actions, the writer asserts that strong relationships among spiritual associations and different teams in our society are crucial for a cohesive and peaceable society.

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Does any of this matter? Does it matter whether there are relationships between religious organisations and other kinds of organisations?  – and between the religious aspects of institutions and the secular aspects of the same institutions? Yes, it does. There is not a single society that does not face challenges: climate change, ageing populations, water, food, and energy shortages, and in too many cases war, disease, and hunger. It must be more effective for organisations of different kinds to work together to solve these problems – and at least to co-ordinate what they do – than for organisations in different sectors to work in isolation.

Religious institutions recognise an external authority, whereas secular institutions do not. But there are also shared authority types, and in these cases we have to ask about the religious and 20 Mediating Institutions secular aspects of those shared types. So, for instance, charismatic authority in a religious organisation might contain aspects of the charisma, the specifically spiritual gifts, listed by St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:4–11), whereas this element will be absent in secular organisations; in religious organisations traditional authority will ultimately be understood as deriving from an external divine source, whereas in secular organisations traditional authority will have tribal or family roots; and in secular organisations bureaucratic authority will be perceived as entirely legitimate, whereas in religious organisations it will be experienced as less legitimate and at best as an unfortunate necessity (Torry 2005: 139, 2014a: 120, 184–5).

Does any of this matter? Does it matter whether there are relationships between religious organisations and other kinds of organisations?  – and between the religious aspects of institutions and the secular aspects of the same institutions? Yes, it does. There is not a single society that does not face challenges: climate change, ageing populations, water, food, and energy shortages, and in too many cases war, disease, and hunger. It must be more effective for organisations of different kinds to work together to solve these problems – and at least to co-ordinate what they do – than for organisations in different sectors to work in isolation.

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