An experiment in monastic life – the Community of St Anselm
Members of the Community of St Anselm, the monastic-inspired community for young Christians launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, speak about their experience of living “a year in God’s time.”
11 February 2016 | YouTube | Open media
What a wonderful testimony to the great love of God – witnessed here by the young people gathered together at Lambeth Palace – as part of the ecumenical Community of Saint Anselm (former Archbishop of Canterbury) – by the current Archbishop.
Having been part of a religious community myself for a period of 3 years, I can testify to the power of Christ at the centre of all the activities that go on – with daily Eucharist and Offices, intermingled with study, prayer and work – all offered to the glory and praise of the God who draws us.
The discipline of learning to live together, for these diverse young people in the new Community of Saint Anselm, is in itself a character-building exercise. To learn to live together in loving regard for one another’s differences is at the heart of what goes on.
What a wonderful antidote to the recent gathering of Archbishops called by the present Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss ways of mutually accepting the differences that go to make up the Anglican Communion. Sadly, some of those Archbishops withdrew from community with one another when it was obvious they were at odds with others of that group, because of differences of outlook towards Gay people in the Church
Meanwhile, the Community of Saint Anselm was praying for them, not necessarily that they might agree on everything with one another, but that they might put their differences aside in the interests of maintaining the ‘Unity of the Spirit in the bonds of love’.
Perhaps our world-wide Anglican Communion needs more young people to give up their worldy ambitions in order to to join together for a time in community, with the solemn intention of finding common ground in the Love of Christ – in order that this love may grow and flourish among the Churches of our Communion.
“They will know you are my disciples by your love”