is an important aspect of monastic spirituality
for ‘to love the invisible God
one must love the visible neighbour’
We are not a Community because of
physically living close to each other (although some do)
but because we live close to our chosen way of living
and have covenanted together
to live Availability and Vulnerability
before God and others
as one expression of living faithfully
in a fragmented world
answers our questions
but he also
questions our answers
Covenanted together within the love of Christ
we share a common heart for Northumbria
and a commitment to wander for the love of Christ
wherever the Father leads
We are at best
‘a way to express the Way’.
We freely acknowledge
that the Kingdom of God
is much bigger than
the Northumbria Community
‘It isn’t just a question of whether you are building community with people that you naturally like,
it is also a question of building community with people that God has brought together.’
The only mistake
that remains a mistake
is one from which
you do not learn
Who is it that you seek?
How then shall we live?
How do we sing the Lord’s song
in a strange land?
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone.
We find it with another.
We are called to embrace the responsibility of taking the heretical imperative by making relationships the priority, and not reputation.