Gather Round a Treasure: ‘Community of the Heart: Building Blocks’

A new resource from Trevor Miller…

We are delighted to announce that some core Northumbria Community teaching from Trevor Miller, one of our Elders, is now available in booklet form. Part of our, affectionately named, ‘traffic light’ series (under the specific umbrella of ‘How then shall we live?’), this particular foundation stone explores four key building blocks, which Trevor highlights as crucial to any understanding of Community as ‘a way for living’:

RelationshipCreating the story of Community through relationships as Covenant: an inner togetherness of a mutual commitment to God and one another which treats daily life as a training course.

MemoryWriting the story of Community to provide Continuity: an ongoing story that is still being written.

Language Telling the story of Community by establishing a means of Communication that is not just about words, but about other creative means of pointing to the story of our life alone/together.

Tradition – Living the story in a way that demonstrates Culturality: an awareness of the plurality of cultures that is the reality of life today.

You can listen to an introduction from Trevor himself, by clicking on the link to the online shop below. The booklet can be purchased for £5 + P&P.

Gather Round a Treasure: ‘Living with Paradox’

by Trevor Miller

Living in the mystery of ‘simultaneous opposites that are equally true’

This key teaching, the audio for which was captured for a Community CD in 2009, seems incredibly pertinent to now, so we have pulled it from our Community treasure box… We have also included a written version which, interestingly, was going to be included as one of the chapters for a ‘Rough Guide to the Northumbria Community’ that was never published…

Listen to Trevor Miller’s audio below:

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Gather Round a Treasure: ‘Go to your cell and your cell will teach you everything’ – Part Two

Written by Trevor Miller

You might also be interested in – ‘The Geordie Story’ and ‘Go to your cell… Part One’

So, how do we go to the cell?

Here are some practical pointers which have emerged over the years as we have continued to explore the heart of monastic spirituality.

Listen to Catherine Askew reading this teaching aloud HERE

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Gather Round a Treasure: ‘Go to your cell and your cell will teach you everything’ – Part One

Written by Trevor Miller

There’s a foundational story for us in Community, written by John Skinner, about ‘Geordie the monk’, which we included in a previous blog post.  Geordie is a seeker‐after‐God, who on his journey encounters all the pitfalls and snares that we all know so well. As he seeks the help and wise counsel of his Abbot, he is encouraged time and again to ‘go to your cell, and your cell will teach you everything…’ The advice given to Geordie has become foundational for us in our quest to live in the questions; ‘Who is it that we seek?’ ‘How then shall we live?’ ‘How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’ 

Listen to Catherine Askew reading this teaching aloud below:

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Gather Round a Treasure: Geordie the Monk

Recounted by Trevor Miller

This is a special treasure from our Community treasure box and is recounted here by Trevor Miller, a *Geordie himself…  It would be lovely to hear your thoughts about this entertaining, yet thought-provoking tale about the pursuit of monastic living and the abbot’s insistence that he should ‘Go to your cell; your cell will teach you everything’

(*A ‘Geordie’ is ‘a native or inhabitant of Tyneside or a neighbouring region of north-east England’).

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