Community Ethos

Seeking God, alone and together, is never just an intellectual exercise or a self-improvement programme – it is the blending of ‘a prayer that is quiet and contemplative and a faith that is active and contagious’, lived out in the ordinariness of everyday life, which forms the foundation that lies at the heart of our ethos.

Building the New on Foundations of Old

A retreat talk given by Trevor Miller in Bradford Cathedral. This familiar theme is taken from Paul Brain’s song Alone/Together – ‘building the new on foundations of old.’ This one sentence captures an indispensable truth – that an understanding of our foundations; our background and history is essential because it gives us a sense of […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 3

The third part of a talk on waymarks given by Trevor Miller. Following the previous two parts we now turn to practicalities. We acknowledge that one major way to express our ethos and life is through meeting as Community Groups but how can this be achieved when they are so diverse? Here are some principles […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 1

The first part of a talk on Waymarks given by Trevor Miller. An important lesson for us as a Community is well captured in the prayer towards the end of our Brendan Liturgy, ‘Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave […]

The Heart of Vocation

A transcript of a retreat talk given by Trevor Miller. One of God’s gifts to us as a Community is that we are all so very different – each of us a wonderfully complex mix of personhood, identity, giftedness, creativity, personality, and temperament. This is expressed in the context of the various roles, responsibilities and […]

Mulling over the Questions

An article written by Trevor Miller for Quiet Spaces.   ‘Can you tell me a little about yourselves? What is the Northumbria Community?’ These and many like them are frequently asked questions, which are not always easy to answer; not least because the Northumbria Community describes a network of people, hugely diverse, from different backgrounds, […]

Covenanted Together

A transcript of a talk given by Trevor Miller to Community Group leaders. It’s important that we understand what we mean by covenant, because the notion of covenant or its use as a word is not familiar today, except perhaps in the marriage service. The root meaning of covenant comes from the Latin ‘con venire’ […]