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Charles Ringma reflects on life, mission and monasticism – podcast

Charles is a Companion in Community, living in Brisbane, Australia. You can listen to a podcast of him being interviewed for a national radio programme called ‘Spirit of Things’, commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. It’s a one hour, wide ranging, interview that picks up on many of the things of Community. Well worth finding […]

Joining the Suffering God

Charles Ringma, a Companion in Community from Brisbane, shares his thinking and experiences of suffering. Joining the Suffering God    If ever there was a topic that is common to all humanity, it is the theme of suffering. We have all suffered and continue to suffer in various ways. Suffering is part of the human […]

God’s Heart for the Poor

Charles Ringma, a Companion in Community from Brisbane, shares an article he wrote for a Tearfund conference in Queensland in May 2013.   G o d ‘ s   H e a r t   f o r   t h e   P o o r It is possible to conclude this lecture in one sentence: God has […]

Northumbria Community in an age of cultural change and the decline of Christendom

In the following reflection, Joshua Searle considers the emergence of the Northumbria Community against a backdrop of major cultural change and the decline of Christianity as a religious institution. He reflects on how the history of the Community has shaped its values and approach to mission. The monastic tradition, which the Northumbria Community is seeking […]

Included and Involved

At a recent enabling church conference organised by Churches for All (www.churchesforall.org.uk), working with Premier Radio, Roy Searle was asked to give the keynote address: Included and Involved Yesterday at this time I was on a sailing boat in the Scottish Hebrides …  As the crew assembled on Saturday last week, I used a very […]