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.

Learning Grace by Living Nakedly

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 […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 2

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Christ of the Mysteries, can I trust you?

Pete Askew writes : Wendell Berry once said, “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work…and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey”. It seems to me that this is at the heart of spiritual growth. […]

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 […]

Celtic Spirituality – A Beginner’s Guide

Trevor Miller reflects on Celtic Spirituality. I love ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ where all manner of ordinary household items from the ‘there and then’ of years gone by are paraded in the ‘here and now’ of today, explained and valued. There are often huge surprises for people, making me wish I had kept more things handed […]