Being a non-resident member of the Community is much more than just a “part-time” version of our residential programme – it’s about completely integrating the Rule of Life with your work and other activities. Here are some things you can expect as a non-resident member.
1.Integrated reflection. Ownership for personal learning and development is rooted in the member’s own life, with intentional but light-handed guidance. Thus prayer, reflection, reading and sharing of life become skills sustainable in the workplace over time.
2. Dual perspective. Engagement with members’ own (self-)leadership capacity in both the workplace and the praying Community. This enables intentional engagement and dialogue between contexts.
3. Targeted content. Through the integration of three distinct monastic traditions with the workplace context, members receive practical tools for exercising discerning leadership on relational, strategic and ethical levels.
4. Implemented learning. By pursuing shared, tangible goals as a group, the journey of personal development is situated in a shared task, where self-discovery can take place.
5. Anchored in society. By serving, face-to-face, those in society with great needs, we counter the increasing isolation from people different to ourselves caused by long hours and insular social lives.
The aims of the membership year are to train and shape the whole person: mind, soul and spirit, and the activities of life.
- Intellect/Mind = teaching content and knowledge acquisition
- Soul/Emotional life = relationships, reflecting and managing feelings
- Heart/Spirit = spiritual life, prayer, identity, will, relationship with God
- Body/Practice = stewardship of time, finance and body
Practicalities of Non-residential Membership
The time commitment from the non-residential members will be:
- 32 weeknights
- Fortnightly sessions of Spiritual Accompaniment
- 10 Saturdays
- 3 Residential Weeks on:
- The person and work of the Holy Spirit
- Developing discernment through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
- Building meaningful sustaining relationships
- Work with a local project engaging with those vulnerable and in need
- Daily time of prayer and Bible reading
- Sunday worship in a local church
- (Optional) Participate in any Community acts of worship at Lambeth Palace
The learning commitment will be:
- Deep engagement with relational self-knowledge through Ignatian reflection
- Participation in a facilitated learning set/sharing group (8 members)
- Stewardship; significant ownership of resourcing the upcoming membership year
- Articulate the journey of personal, inter-relational and community development, and communicate it to others.
- Reflect with others on a developing understanding of vocation and call as a Christian by:
- Reviewing own journey with God in relationships, studies and working life
- Develop a critical/reflective understanding the life that I am living now
- Listening and discerning my vocation/purpose in life especially in the working life/career context
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