The Rule of Life Series: Introduction

A few days ago, the fourth year resident members of the Community of St Anselm departed Lambeth Palace, London. I remember July 4th, 2016 when it was time for my husband and I to leave. It had been an incredible year of formation but there was much excitement in the air as we departed Heathrow […]

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A Christian View of Tidying Up?

For one year, my husband and I lived out of our suitcases in a new-monastic community. We had a small room with an ensuite and were given 50 pounds a month spending money. That’s the closest to minimalism I have gotten. Traditionally, monks and nuns take a vow of poverty, share all possessions and really […]

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Interview with Kara Martin

The fifth and final retreat for my year with the Community of St Anselm was titled ‘Me, God, and My Job: One Life?’ and we were encouraged to come up with a working life purpose (see my very first blog post here). I love Kara Martin’s writing about work and faith – and I love […]

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Mini Book Review: The Year of Small Things

The Year of Small Things “radical faith for the rest of us” by Sarah Arthur & Erin F. Wasinger “… if you get nothing else out of this book, we want you to get this: radical faith is not about being übercommitted. It’s not about being überspiritual. It’s about discernment.” I identify with Sarah and […]

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Tom Wright at Lambeth Palace

During my year with the Community of St Anselm, I often jokingly asked our Prior when Tom Wright was coming. “But seriously, when is he coming? Can’t you just pull the Archbishop Justin card?” Apparently, that’s not really downward mobility. I even had another community member to swap with me if I was put on […]

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Anglicans You’ve Never Heard Of

For the last 18 months, I’ve been involved in a committee for the Anglican Future Conference that was held in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. I came up with a concept of having mini-TED talks at the conference from unknown Anglicans from around Australia. The committee suggested videos instead, which I thought was a […]

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New Monasticism: Sister Gemma Simmonds

Interview number five is with Dr Gemma Simmonds, from the Congregation of Jesus. Sister Gemma has a background in teaching, chaplaincy and student support and has experience in spiritual direction and leading retreats in the Jesuit tradition. Her role in the area of Religious Life led her to be a founding trustee with the Community […]

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New Monasticism: Ian Mobsby

Interview number four is with Ian Mobsby from Wellspring Community, Peckham. During April 2016, while most of our community was on a 30 day Silent Retreat, Jonathan and I spent one of those weeks staying in Peckham with Ian. We joined in their prayer services in the mornings and evenings and during the day visited […]

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The Porter’s Gate Worship Project

Occasionally on social media, I come across something truly delightful, which was the case earlier this week. The Porter’s Gate Worship Project is ‘a creative movement aimed at reimagining and recreating worship that welcomes, reflects and impacts both community and the Church’. Their debut album is ‘Work Songs’: 14 modern hymns centered on affirming vocation […]

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