Musings Of An Ex Urban Monk

Simon and Natalie Jones and their little boy stayed at my Holy Island home, The Whitehouse, this week. It was good to renew contact.  While Simon has worked with charismatic evangelical congregations he has discovered a vocation to be a married monk. When he lived in greater London he wrote about this in The Musings of an Urban Monk, published by Instant Apostle. 

Now, however, they have been called to live in Ruthin  rural North Wales. Ruthin's Maen Hall is a registeered ancient monument attributed to the brother of the monk Gildas, located outside Barclays Bank in St. Peter's Square.

So we explored the nature of individuated vocations, of post-imperialistic churches, the re-interpretation of 'The Kingdom of God' in terms of vulnerable servant-hood, and expressions of contemplative callings.  We thought about  Julian of Norwich and John of the Cross.  

Two days later Faith and Scott Brennan and Graeme and Laura Campbell met up on Holy Island. Scott interviewed me on film for the forthcoming App for millennials on The Way.  Faith begins as Project Manager for Whitehouse: it has an exiting new use as a training base for emerging church leaders funded by high season lettings.  Watch this space.

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On Brexit Day a church in Norwich used A Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Europe on page 104 of my Healing the Land: natural seasons, sacraments and special services.  This is volume 4 of The Celtic Prayer Book series published by Kevin Mayhew. Whether you are a Leaver or Rejoiner, you can use this service with a peaceful heart.  It contains prayers from Britain  Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland, a French hymn to music by Handel, a German hymn, and an English hymn to music by Finland's Sibelius.

Posted at 16:01pm on 3rd February 2020
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