On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!
In this opening address, Archbishop Justin Welby explores the parable of ‘the buried treasure’ in the Gospel of Matthew to explore the importance of religious community life regarding the renewal of the Church in the context of the Kingdom of God. This address was recorded at the ‘Treasures Old and New’ residential conference of the leaders of traditional and emerging Church of England religious communities in Whitby April 2015.
For the transcript of the Archbishop’s Address click here.
In Moot’s Sunday Evening Eucharist in October 2014, Matthew Creber of the Moot Community explores the theme of reassurance and the scriptural promise ‘I will give you rest’. This was recorded at the home of the Moot Commuity at St Mary Aldermary Church in the City of London. For more info on Moot see www.moot.uk.net.
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
After just getting back from Gothenburg in Sweden working for 4 days, I am really pleased to say that I met up with one of the participants of the Oikos Community in Gothenburg They live in flats very near to each other, in a poorer suburb of the City, where they seek to serve God and build Community, being a visible presence in the neighbourhood. I met with Tobias, who is a Priest in the Swedish Lutheran Church which has much in common with the Church of England, other than being in covenant and the PORVOO agreement.
This is what they say about themselves:
We are a close community living together want to learn to love and follow Jesus and invite others to do the same.In prayer and action, we want to work for the Kingdom of God to grow in our hearts and our society. As part of the Body of Christ, we want to live in unity with the churches in Hammarkullen.
So I am really pleased to say that New Monasticism is well and surviving in Sweden. Oikos is now 5 years old, and they will be holding an annual Swedish gathering for New Monastics in February 2014. Sounds good if you are near!!
I hope Tobias will come over and experience Moot at some point.
In this Reflection Series of the Moot Community Podcast, Aaron Kennedy, Jonny Spoor and Ian Mobsby discuss the place of Christian Meditation as a spiritual practice. In the Moot Community Rhythm of Life is the commitment to the practice of prayer and meditation (daily, rhythmic, individual and in community). So what are the benefits? What does meditation bring? How do you start? And how do you sustain regular meditation? This podcast seeks to engage with these issues, and ends with some advice from one of our teachers, the Benedictine Monk John Main.
The largest number of Mooters ever took part in the annual ‘Rhythm of Life’ Commitment Service today before David Meara the Archdeacon of London on Pentecost Sunday. As Moot goes from strength to strength in St Mary Aldermary, (the new home for the community for where it has resided for under 3 years), it was deeply encouraging to experience so many new mooters and those more established committing to following the way of Jesus Christ as a monastic new monastic seasonal vow.
This year, prayer hand labyrinths were given out as gifts to enrich personal prayer which were specially handmade for the occasion. In his homily, the Archdeacon of London talked of the vocation of Moot to live and think outside of the box in obedience to God, but in new and creative ways.
In the intercessions, a number of international companions and leaders of Sister Communities – both mendicant and new monastics prayed for the community. Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon prayed for Moot to remain true to its vocation, Sister Joyce of the Anglican Franciscans prayed that Moot will continue to take risks with mission and grow into the religious life, Emma Loveridge of the Sinai in the City New Monastic Community prayed that Moot would sustain its prophetic role and witness whilst Jonathan Dowman of the B1 Birmingham based New Monastic Community prayed that Moot would meet the challenge this year of the material and financial resources it needed to achieve its mission and ministry activity, particularly of the Host Cafe Project.
This year Moot will say a goodbye to a number of its participants including Grace Cowley and Aaron Kennedy who are getting married in the summer and then moving to Cambridge as Aaron becomes an Ordinand studying to become a Church of England Priest at Westcott House in Cambridge.
As part of a Church of England pilot, the Moot Community is currently in a discernment process to become a New Monastic Acknowledged Religious Community. This will mean that it will be setting up a new national umbrella organisation that will not only support Moot, but a number of other new monastic communities under the same society. It is currently being proposed that this will be called the Society of the Holy Trinity reflecting an organisation that was set up under the Oxford Movement which recently failed. It is hoped that the new constitution of the Acknowledged Religious Community will be completed by July 2013.
At the Moot Eucharist on Sunday 21st April 2013, Ian Mobsby explored the theme of Home is where the heart is drawing on Ephesians 1:1 to 14 and The Gospel of Luke 24:36-49. In these biblical texts Ian explores the theme of the resurrection as an event of grace, that opens up the call for our lives as Christians as an event.
Ian then explores how this idea of ‘event’ informs a New Monastic understanding of a Rhythm of Life as an orientation of the heart. In this Service the Moot Community began a period of reflection leading to a planned Recommitment Service on Pentecost Sunday.
To see a copy of the Rhythm of Life reflection document, please click here.