Father Daniel French writes:
In the secular sphere and the Church there is a lot of talk about ‘community’ and ‘communities’ as somehow aspirational. Some of this can be idealistic but can also reflect that we live in lonely times where Facebook friends replace real ones. I believe as Christians we have mixed feelings about community, belonging and committing. There can be a lot of apprehension about community life and its demands. People are not always easy to live with? However, many of us also get that gut feeling, a nagging sense, that congregational life could be better served by a deeper communal life. It was Rowan Williams who said in his last speech as archbishop that the Church of England is like a swimming pool and the all the noise is in the shallow end. I will be bringing some participants from St Peter’s Foundation, an intentional community of young adults who live in our parish to help our conversations on community at Holy Ground. My hope is suggest that some of our problems come from having the map upside down when it comes to idea of community. I will also share some personal insight into Saint Benedict and his rule in the light of New Monasticism.
About Holy Ground
Holy Ground is an exciting opportunity to explore, question and express Christian spirituality and values in a beautiful and ancient setting. All are welcome at Holy Ground which takes place on the second Sunday of every month and is a mixture of creativity and contemplation. At Holy Ground, we enjoy combining creative approaches to spirituality with stimulating and open-minded discussions about Christianity and its contexts, as well as creating spaces for quiet reflection upon God, ourselves and the world.