A reflection by Trevor Miller I recall during a visit to Ireland reading in the vestibule of the Franciscan Church in Killarney, a simple definition of spiritual direction. It was the notice said, ‘not about giving answers. It was about helping each other to hear the voice of God in life’s experience and to discover […]
How then shall we live?
In seeking God, we ask how to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? and in so doing are faced with the question of how then shall we live? These issues and questions are foundational to our life as a community. Here, you can find a growing variety of articles exploring these questions.
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 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 […]
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 […]
Irene Alexander, a Companion in Community from Brisbane, reflects on the essential role of Grace in the struggle to find the true self: Once you accept the existence of God – however you define Him, however you explain your relationship with Him – then you are caught forever with His presence in the centre of all […]
The second part of a talk on waymarks given by Trevor Miller. We have been stressing the importance of waymarks. That as a Community we need to stop from time-to-time and take the opportunity to retrace our steps, and look for the waymarks that tell us we are on course. As Jeremiah 6:16 ‘Ask for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]