Monasticism & New Monasticism

Wisdom to Live By – Matthew 12:43-45

A Quiet Day Reflection from Trevor Miller This obscure scripture passage is part of our Day 15 meditation in Celtic Daily Prayer – linked to Day 14 and Day 16 prayers for Holy Island – with its recognition of the reality of spiritual warfare. William Barclay called it a ‘compact and eerie little parable about […]

A Future and a Hope – Part 2

A transcript of a talk by Trevor Miller (continued from Part 1) So as this New Year continues to unfold, let’s resolve to seek God but to do so fully aware 1] That we don’t know the future but God knows Imagine God planning for our future! He desires us to have hope – a […]

A Future and a Hope – Part 1

A transcript of a talk by Trevor Miller   I’ll start with some good news – it’s only 330 days to Christmas. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it that another year has passed. However, as we’re still less than a month into the New Year; we are still in that time frame when we think […]

The discipline of knowing your limitations

A Reflection by Trevor Miller. One of my all-time favourite children’s books when our kids were little had a great title, ‘Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day’. We’ve all had them, when the ‘never rains but it pours’ syndrome brings back-to-back disappointments. Here is an excerpt: ‘I went to sleep with […]

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 […]

Monasticism – The Heart of Celtic Christianity

Paul Cullity provided us with this important Paper over 20 years ago. It remains a powerful and significant outline of  Monasticism: The Heart of Celtic Christianity If you want to capture the idea of Celtic Monasticism in words, you’ll find that words themselves seem inadequate. I have struggled for weeks now to present the essence […]

Almost Monastic in Nature

The following outline notes were taken from a talk that Roy Searle gave to a community gathering earlier this year:   Almost Monastic in Nature ~ Hope for Society Dynamic & erratic, spontaneous & radical, audacious & immature, committed if not altogether coherent’, ecumenically open & often experimental, visible here & there, now and then, […]

Understanding Desert Monasticism

In this transcript of a retreat talk, Trevor Miller offers an outline for Understanding Desert Monasticism. DESERT FATHERS In the early centuries of the Church’s history, spreading as it did along the trade routes of the Middle East and the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlands, places of worship were the homes of believers or the open […]

Listening to God

A transcript of a retreat talk given by Trevor Miller. President FD Roosevelt got tired of the many White House receptions where all he did was smile his famous big smile and utter the usual banalities to the awed guests. One day he decided to find out whether anybody was listening and paying attention to […]

Defining Monastic Theology

  An article written by Trevor Miller for the New Dictionary of Theology. A. Monastic Theology If theology is the contemplation of God, then monastic theology is devoted to the inner life, practices and spiritual disciplines that nurture that contemplation. Put simply, the term ‘monastic theology’ refers not just to the local setting of the […]