Christian spirituality is how we live our lives before God, in community, for the sake of others and participative in God’s healing and restoration of world.
We are inspired by Christian saints, mystics and monks who show us the beauty of life aware of and connected to the holy.
St. Andrew’s and All Souls is Anglican in tradition and ‘neo Benedictine’ in orientation, being committed to listening, stability and conversion of life and formed and nurtured by intentional and regular spiritual practice.
We believe that listening for the voice of God requires attentiveness to life within Christian community, daily prayer, scripture reflection, discernment, contemplation, retreat and frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist. These core practices have the capacity to sustain and deepen our participation in God’s mission of Shalom.
Union with God comes to us as a gift we receive with joy as being already ours. Being attentive to our union with God is the only source of true hope within us and for the life of our world.
Works of justice, mercy and restoration are not sustainable by our will power alone. Burnout, ‘compassion fatigue’ and frustration will weaken, deplete and derail even our best efforts over the course of time. Christian spiritual practices are gifts that can nourish and sustain us for loving and compassionate service over the ‘long haul.’
Like a divine chiropractor, God continually realigns our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits towards union with God through these practices. God alone is the source of the Shalom already inaugurated in Jesus and in which we labor in participation. In God we find rest within our labors and refreshment for our souls.
The Word of God is a well that runs deep and never dries out. The sacramental ‘Bread of Life’ and ‘Cup of Salvation’ provide holy food and drink for new and unending life in God to nourish us unto eternity in the here and now.
Christian spirituality is all about presence, receptivity and practice. Eucharist, scripture reflection, prayer and contemplation along with other practices form a ‘school of conversion‘ for our life in Christ. We learn to live from God’s Shalom, firstly by praying for it and then by receiving it, and from this reception comes participation, as individuals and as a community in the kind of life God is calling us to live.
Jesus taught that in his society there is a new way for people to live: You show wisdom by trusting people; you handle leadership by serving. You handle the offender by forgiving; you handle money by sharing; you handle enemies by loving; and you handle violence by suffering…’ (adapted from Douglas John Hall’s ‘Thinking the Faith’).
When we gather for weekly Eucharist, communal prayer and contemplation we are opening space for God to enter and engage within us a process of transformation ‘unto the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ’. (Ephesians 4:13).