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Anam Cara Brochure

Anam Cara Brochure

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Published by Colin Thornby
Brochure / membership book for Associates (not enquirers)
Brochure / membership book for Associates (not enquirers)

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Published by: Colin Thornby on Nov 21, 2010
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Anam Cara Community
A Community of Prayer and Support for the Inner Journey into God
!
 
The Anam Cara Community
The Anam Cara Community is a
Christian community
 , rooted in the historic faith. We recognize and celebratethe many and varied expressions of the Christian tradition within the Anglican Communion, and in our sisterchurches. We also recognize and celebrate the wisdom of other religious traditions, and seek to understand andlearn from their experiences. We acknowledge the importance of the traditions and wisdom of AustralianIndigenous spirituality, particularly the understanding of the link between spirit and earth.The Anam Cara Community is a
contemplative community
 , committed to the understanding that God calls us tomake an inner journey the end of which, ultimately, is union with God. We celebrate the ways of prayer, prayerfulreading of scripture, worship, spiritual direction / soul care, reflection and silence. While we value thecontemporary, we also value the historical wisdom drawn from the mothers and fathers of the tradition.The Anam Cara Community is a
community of the Word
. Jesus, the Word, is communicated to us through thetexts of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, in which we seek truth, wisdom, nourishment, correction andguidance.The Anam Cara Community is a
community committed to equality, peace and justice making
. We believe thatresponse to God
ʼ
s call to the inner journey is a call to make peace and work for justice.The Anam Cara Community is a
community of renewal and reformation.
We hear God
ʼ
s call to make all thingsnew, and to continually examine our expression of faith to determine what supports, and what hinders ourgrowth in God, and our service of the world.The Anam Cara Community is an
open community.
We are open to all, and undertake to work co-operatively,respectfully and transparently with parishes and other ministries in the Diocese.The Anam Cara Community is a
dispersed community.
Whilst we do not live together, or even close to oneanother, we acknowledge that we are sisters and brothers, and fellow pilgrims.
 
History
In June 2007, the Anglican Dioceseof Gippsland’s Bishop in Councilendorsed a proposal to establish anew community within theDiocese of Gippsland. The AnamCara Community brings togetherexisting ministries in a new formfor our Diocese and yet, it is alsosomething that has been practicedfor centuries throughout thechurch. The Community is aministry of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland offered to the wholechurch.Today the Community hasassociates within the Diocese of Gippsland, throughout the rest of Australia, and scattered across theworld.
Associates
Individuals who wish to becomemembers of the Community areknown as Associates. Associatescommit to regular prayer, Biblereading, worship, and to walkingin the steps of Jesus, as they arecalled. Associates may be from anyChristian community, or fromoutside. The Community
ʼ
sLeadership structures exist toserve the Associates, and otherswho may choose to accessresources provided by theCommunity.
Leadership
The Community is led by a groupof Servant Leaders. We hear Jesus’words as the commission for theway we undertake leadership:So Jesus called them together andsaid, “You know that the rulers inthis world lord it over their people,and officials flaunt their authorityover those under them. But amongyou it will be different. Whoeverwants to be a leader among youmust be your servant, andwhoever wants to be first amongyou must be the slave of everyoneelse.” (Mark 10:42-44 NLT)Each our our Servant Leadersaccepts responsibility for certaintasks within the life of ourCommunity. These tasks may beresponsibility for organisingevents in a geographic area,administrative responsibilities,providing soul care, liaising withothers, facilitating communication,and undertaking ministries of prayer, teaching, and discernment.Our Servant Leaders are led by theCommunity Soul Carer, who is thechief servant leader of theCommunity. The Community SoulCarer is appointed by the Bishopto guide, support, lead, teach andinspire the Community, and theassociates within it. Weunderstand our Soul Carer to holdan important place within ourCommunity, to have muchresponsibility and to be in need of our love, support and prayer.The Leadership Group isresponsible to the Bishop of Gippsland and the Synod of theDiocese of Gippsland for the goodorder of the Community.
Aims
To promote a life of prayer throughsilent contemplation, meditation,reflection on Christian scripturesand other spiritual writings;To promote the growth of smallgroups throughout the Diocese,focusing on the inner journey;To provide retreats, workshopsand worship occasions;To provide guidance and creativeways to awaken the individual journey;To produce an annual calendar of Community ministries;To produce a regular reflectivenewsletter;To provide a directory of spiritualdirectors / soul carers;To be associated with the vision forA’Beckett Park;To be a self-funded community asa result of annual subscriptionspaid by Associates.

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