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Rhythm of Life Commitment Service

At Moot over the least few years we’ve taken a step back to re-think who we are as a community, and as part of that process we’ve written a new rhythm of life for us to follow together. We’ve tried to keep it simple: we commit as the Moot Community…

  • to be a welcome community
  • to be a contemplative community
  • to explore our relationship
    –  with God
    –  with the world around us
    –  with one another

What that means for each of us will be slightly different, and each of us will make specific commitments for ourselves for a year to follow the Moot Rhythm of Life in a way that makes sense for where each of us is in our spiritual life, work life, family life, and so on.

After a few years without committing annually to a rhythm we’re looking forward to resuming this practice. We’re holding our our Rhythm of Life commitment service on Sunday October 7th, gathering at 6pm for tea/coffee ahead of the service at 6.30pm. We’d love you to join us for this important marker in our year and hope you’ll stick around for refreshments afterwards.

 

 

POSTED 27.09.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | No Comments

Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

For our Lent course at Moot this year we will explore prayer, stillness and the wisdom of the desert. We’ll meet Thursday evenings at 6pm (for tea/coffee) for a start-time of 6.30pm, following a pattern of: Talk – Discussion – Practice, focusing on a different particular prayer practice each week. We hope you will join us this season!

We will meet 4 Thursdays:

February 22nd
The Examen – praying with our emotions.

March 1st
The Lectio Divina – praying with the scriptures.

March 15th
Ignatian Meditation – praying with the imagination.

March 22nd
Centering Prayer – finding stillness in our daily lives

POSTED 11.02.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

New Year’s Moot Update

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Moot!

Wishing you all a bright January 1st morning, a restful end to holidays, and a peaceful start to the year ahead.

 

 

As we look to the year ahead and consider our road ahead and the changes we’re looking for, we wanted to update you on our direction as a community together. We’ve spent the last couple of years catching our breath from a years-long journey, particularly making a home at St Mary Aldermary, watching the Host Cafe come alive, and welcome Paul Kennedy our new priest.

This past November the community took a weekend to go away and take stock of who we are, what we are, and where we want to go together. I’d like to share a report from that weekend from Paul our priest (below).

Once again wishing you God’s peace, hope, and energy as we enter 2018 together – from all of us at Moot.

“On the weekend of the 3-5 November 20 people from the Moot Community travelled to the Youth Hostel at Littlehampton for fellowship, relaxation and an exploration of Moot’s calling. Littlehampton was a wonderful site: with the long beach; the tidal Arun river; and the huge open skies which we Londoners really appreciated.

Together we ate, we prayed, we talked, we drank, we walked, we played board games, and we explored God’s calling. We decide to redraw a simple Rhythm of Life to which Moot members can choose to commit; we reaffirmed our practices of contemplative and inherited prayer; we reflected upon how a distinctive community maintains an open welcome; we reaffirmed our New Monastic roots but accepted that we may be evolving in a less structured and more contemplative way; we planned a walk in the Chilterns; and we started plans for our next annual weekend away. The company was wonderful, the food was great, the Youth Hostel was cosy, the weekend felt blessed and I’m already looking forward to next year’s time away.

A draft of the Rhythm of Life should be ready for Lent, following a series of Community Forums, with a service at the end of September at which we hope Archdeacon Rosemary will preside.”

POSTED 01.01.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on New Year’s Moot Update

The Simplicity of the Benedictine Rule by Ian Mobsby

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Following a rich learning experience put on by St Paul’s Cathedral Forum, I have been really struck by the Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict:

Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov 4:20).  Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s advice, that by the labour of obedience you may return to God from whom you have departed by the sloth of disobedience. 

In essence Benedict is opening up the idea that Christianity is about a way of life. This is an important corrective to the reformation which puts the emphasis of belief on thinking.  Benedict’s Rule is an attempt to help people grow a distinctive Christian faith which is less ‘What should I believe’ and more ‘How should I live’ which is a crucial question then and now.  How do we LIVE the Christian life which is about prayerful action.

The opening sentence of Benedict’s Prologue make this very simple, that involves four elements:

1. Listen – to the masters instructions who calls us daughter and sons.
2. Receive – the grace of receiving the love of God that brings health and transends defensiveness and encourages honest loving vulnerability.
3. Labour – put what you have heard and received from God into practice in the way you live. Prayer must lead to action.
4. Return – that even though we stuff up a lot, God always receives us back.

These four are one of simplest but most profound summary of what discipleship is all about.  Benedict was trying to ensure that monasteries focused on Christian discipleship.

The prologue also emphasises urgency, the need to get on with it.  ‘Run while you have the light of life, lest the darkness of death overtake you.’

But with the full assurance of the love of God: ‘What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, that this voice of the Lord inviting us?  Behold in God’s loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.’

This is incredibly beautiful.  TO see the whole of the prologue for yourself click here

To see more writing and info by Ian Mobsby click here

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POSTED 04.06.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on The Simplicity of the Benedictine Rule by Ian Mobsby

Today the Church remembers Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a founding father of New Monasticism

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Today, the 9th April, the Church remembers Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Martyr and Father of New Monasticism.  From a Nazi prison cell, in a letter to his brother in 1935 he said this:

‘the restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ.  I think it is time to gather people together to do this..’

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‘The expansion of Christianity and the increasing secularisation of church caused the awareness of costly grace to be gradually lost … But the Roman church did keep a remnant of that original awareness.  It was decisive that monasticism did not separate from the church and that the church had good sense to tolerate monasticism.  Here, on the boundary of the church, was the place where the awareness that grace is costly and that grace includes discipleship was preserved… Monastic life thus became a living protest against the secularisation of Christianity, against the cheapening of grace’ (Cost of Discipleship P46)

He was born in 1906 into an academic family, Ordained in the Lutheran Church, his theology was influenced by Karl Barth and he became a lecturer: in Spain, the USA and in 1931, back in Berlin.  Opposed to the philosophy of Nazism, he was one of the leaders of the Confessing Church, movement which broke away form the Nazi-dominated Lutherans of 1934.  Banned from teaching, and harassed by Hitler’s regime, he bravely returned to Germany at the outbreak of war in 1939, despite being on a lecture tour in the USA at the time.  His defiant opposition to the Nazis led him to set up a number of new monastic communities defined by generosity to the Jews, Gay people and Roma peoples with a radical rule of life defined by political resistance.  He was arrested for this in 1943.  His experiences led him to propose a more radical theology in his later works, which have been influential among post-war theologians.  He was excited by the Nazi police in Flossenburg concentration camp on this day in 1945.

We remember his life and witness to the faith of Jesus Christ in the most difficult of circumstances.

 

POSTED 09.04.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Today the Church remembers Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a founding father of New Monasticism

Ash Wednesday Service 18th Feb 5.30pm

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of 40 days for personal reflection, prayer, and spiritual exploration. It mirrors the time Jesus spent in the desert, seeking God and the true meaning of his life.

The service has been a regular feature of the church’s calendar since the very beginning, and it involves burning the previous year’s Palm Crosses, forming a paste, and marking this on the foreheads of those committing to the season.

The service will last for 30 minutes and will be followed by the Stressed in the City meditation group. All are welcome.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

Ash Wednesday Service: 5.30 – 6.30pm

Meditation group: 6.30 – 7.30pm

 

POSTED 15.02.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Ash Wednesday Service 18th Feb 5.30pm

A gate in the fence about belief by Mark Vernon

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Mark Vernon, Companion to the Moot Community, published this piece in the Church Times, thinking about the report on spirituality from the RSA.  Exploration of Spirituality can break down religious barriers.  

SPIRITUALITY is back, if ever it went away. Sam Harris, one of the leading advocates of the new atheism, published a “guide to spirituality”, Waking Up, last year. Then there is Sanderson Jones, co-founder of the highly successful Sunday Assembly, who argues that one of its main tasks is developing a language for spirituality. He describes himself as a “humanist mystic”, and feels a “spirit in life” which transcends the everyday.  To read more click here ….

POSTED 11.01.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on A gate in the fence about belief by Mark Vernon

Advent expressed

Beautiful vid expressing the season… It expresses a take on Advent through the yes of Mary – at the birth of the Emmanuel ‘God with us’ as a young girl, and then later older at the Crucifixion.  I was very moved seeing this…

God with us from Matthew Aughtry on Vimeo.

POSTED 22.12.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Advent expressed

Ian Mobsby invited to address the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day, Lambeth Palace

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Ian Mobsby, the Priest in Charge & Missioner of the Moot Community was invited to give a short address at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day on Thursday 9th of October, in the Chapel of Lambeth Palace.   The Archbishop has from the middle ages, the right to award post graduate qualifications including PhDs, a practice that was revised in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The addresses began with a paper from Fr Thomas of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Mirfield drawing on the PhD he has just finished.  Ian Mobsby was invited to give a response drawing on a new monastic perspective.

To read the address click here: A New Monastic Response, Ian Mobsby

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The place of Christian Contemplation, interview with the Bishop of London

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On 25th July Jules Evans interviewed the Bishop of London addressing the basis and history of the Contemplative tradition within Christianity.  Bp Richard speaks with eloquence and insight into the strengths and weaknesses concerning the authentic spiritual journey into prayer.  Rightly he talks of this being a dangerous journey if not joined up to the Christian community, and the danger of a more secular  individualist consumptive approach which can be a journey into the shadow and false self.  To read the full article click here.

POSTED 02.08.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on The place of Christian Contemplation, interview with the Bishop of London