Friday the 28th March was one of those moments occasions, the first ever gathering of new and old religious communities with the Archbishop of Canterbury, gathering at Lambeth Palace for a day of prayer, encouragement and dialogue. I had the good fortune of being part of the small planning group. The day began with an address from the Archbishop, an Address from Etienne the leader of the Chemin Neuf Ecumenical Community in the afternoon which was interspersed with dialogues and ending with a Moot Contemplative Eucharist in the ancient Crypt Chapel, where Ian Mobsby Deaconed for the Bp of Manchester who presided.
The day focused on the Archbishops first priority quote:
“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.” Archbishop Justin
It was a good day, with leaders from the various communities who are discerning with Moot to become the proposed Acknowledged Religious Community – The Society of the Holy Trinity. On the day many of the new monastic communities were represented, Pete Askew from Northumbria Community, Rob from the Gathering, Emma from Sinai in the City, Simon from B1 and, James from Llan and Gareth from St Margaret the Queen. Old friends were there including Mark Berry and Ian Adams from CMS, Philip Roderick of Contemplative Fire and Johnny Sertin from the Earlsfield Friary.
I will putting up notes from the two talks up here shortly. See below the clip from the BBC Sunday Programme, and a link here for the Archbishops Website. Next week there will be an article in the Church times.