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Live in Community

Young adults of any denomination can apply to our first residential community in 2017 in Devon.

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Writing Competition

£50 Amazon voucher for the best 2,000 word theology essay.

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Ask for Prayer

Post prayer requests for our team to mention in their daily gatherings.

RUAP National President Daniel Nalliah speaking at church congregation in Blaxland 150x150

Parish Renewal Days

Father Daniel and the Foundation can lead an away day with follow-up sessions.  

The quote 'He who loves community destroys it' from the German underground pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1945) is one that should haunt all of us involved in the business (or busy-ness) of new monasticism. Bonhoeffer did add 'He who loves the brethen builds community,' meaning that all our efforts must be more than schemes and focus on people.  Remember that song by Barbara Striesand 'People' (1964). Yes, its all about people. There is the joke - that this or that job would be much more easier without people. 

Well, what a fabulously busy and productive weekend we had! On Saturday 9th July our three hopeful candidates (Johnny, Lewis and Ed) joined us for the weekend, to see the area, see the house and meet our church family. They joined in our services on Sunday, both the Sea Service on Sunday Morning and the wonderfully spiritual contemplative service on Sunday evening followed by supper, we had cream teas and tennis up at the vicarage in Malborough on Sunday afternoon and they got stuck in building the labyrinth at Galmpton Church on Monday.

Tomorrow this article will already be out of date with the results of the EU referrendum out in the open. There are no exit polls so I and the rest of us can only guess what the outcome will be.  Will the so-called 'bashful Brexiters' swing the whole thing in their direction or will the nation choose to remain in the EU? 

In the first centuries of the Church Romans levelled the charge of atheism against those believers. In 160 AD Saint Polycarp was asked to ‘Swear by the genius of Caesar – “Away with the atheists”.’ He refused and so endured being burnt to the stake. There are other instances of the same accusation in ancient texts because for a Christian not to offer incense to the gods and to recognise the Emperor as the son of God was an act of state atheism and therefore tantamount to treason. The divinity of the Emperor and the acceptance of an intolerant liberal polytheism was Rome’s raison d’etre – Roman Pax. Christians in this culture were atheists.