Reflections on Simplicity

My mentor shared with me this excerpt which came out of her devotional. I thought I’d make a printable to put in my study. Sharing it here, for your encouragement! Rachael is Currently… Writing an article about how we can appreciate diversity in worship Recommending the podcast ‘With all Due Respect’ with Megan Powell du […]

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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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Slow by Brooke McAlary: Some thoughts

I almost bought the book ‘Slow’ by Brooke McAlary a couple of months ago in a local bookshop but I was worried my desire for slow living and simplicity was becoming somewhat idolatrous. Also, the thought of spending more money on a self-help book was ludicrous when clearly the other ten I’ve read haven’t changed […]

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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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On Being a Liturgical Charismatic

This article first appeared in Equip Issue 30, March 2017, Worship Wars: A Way Forward. Equip is a publication from Ethos. Images are from Lambeth Palace Media. ___________________________ I interviewed Rev. Tim Watson from Chemin Neuf and fellow Community of St Anselm member Lindsey. Here are our reflections on having a broad experience of worship. […]

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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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New Monasticism: Brother Sam

Interview number three is with Brother Samuel, from Hilfield Friary. I’m sure he has a surname, but after much searching I couldn’t find it! He’s just known as “Brother Sam” around Monastic circles in England! My husband and I, along with four others in the Community of St Anselm, went to Hilfield Friary – a […]

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New Monasticism: Abbot Stuart Burns

The second in this interview series is with Abbot Stuart Burns from Mucknell Abbey. He has recently retired from office but remains part of the community. I had the pleasure of listening to Abbot Stuart when he visited the Community of St Anselm, but sadly didn’t get a chance to visit Mucknell Abbey like some […]

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