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Hello there. A very brief little bit about myself....

I'm a Christian in the Benedictine tradition. One of the appealing aspects of this tradition is that it comes from before any of the great schisms of the Church and is a tradition that has been embraced across denominational boundaries. It is neither fully Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, nor Protestant. The tradition emphasises the place of prayer in our walk with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, but understands that is held in a balance with reading scripture, with our relationships to others in whatever communities we find ourselves, and with our everyday work which we dedicate to God.

I have an interest in hearing the views of Christians from whatever part of the Church they call "home". I have learned from Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists, and, Orthodox Christians, to name just a few. For me the Catholic Church, the Benedictine community, and my family faith life are all "home", though I am always happy to go and sit in other people's gardens and listen to what they have to say, and learn from their experiences and journeys with Jesus Christ.

God bless you all +

P.S. I perhaps should also have mentioned that my career is in science (biomedical and medical) and so I also have an interest in how science and faith interact.

Edited by UK Michael, 16 November 2012 - 04:06 AM.


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we need a mod in chat please its gettin bit testy in there now

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Hello and WELCOME to Worthy. I hope that you enjoy the fellowship here as much as I do.

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Hello there. A very brief little bit about myself....

I'm a Christian in the Benedictine tradition. One of the appealing aspects of this tradition is that it comes from before any of the great schisms of the Church and is a tradition that has been embraced across denominational boundaries. It is neither fully Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, nor Protestant. The tradition emphasises the place of prayer in our walk with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, but understands that is held in a balance with reading scripture, with our relationships to others in whatever communities we find ourselves, and with our everyday work which we dedicate to God.

I have an interest in hearing the views of Christians from whatever part of the Church they call "home". I have learned from Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists, and, Orthodox Christians, to name just a few. For me the Catholic Church, the Benedictine community, and my family faith life are all "home", though I am always happy to go and sit in other people's gardens and listen to what they have to say, and learn from their experiences and journeys with Jesus Christ.

God bless you all +

P.S. I perhaps should also have mentioned that my career is in science (biomedical and medical) and so I also have an interest in how science and faith interact.


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Thanks for the welcome everybody.

Stepehnos - yes I find it an interesting, and lovely, tradition. It's very much centred on prayer, but in realisation that must be held in balance with reading scripture (and most of Benedictine prayer is based on recitation of scriptures, especially the psalms), how we live with others in the communities of which we are part, and also work lives, with work being dedicated to God. A key part of the morning prayer is dedicating our day's work to God; and there is a lunchtime prayer which often rededicates our work (as energy may often flag from lunchtime onwards). We tend to think of monks and nuns when thinking about the Benedictines, but all communities also have lay members - the "oblates". We're aligned to a particular community and will go there for retreats. Most importantly we're part of that community of prayer and we share in what prayers throughput the day we can fit into our everyday lives (most will pray morning prayer, evening prayer and night prayer).

Fresno Joe - I like the look of that monastery. It looks nice and bright and sunny! That's not something we're too used to in the South West of England - our land is lush and green, but there's a reason for that :-).

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Welcome, I went to University with a good friend who was a Franciscan nun but have lost contact in her many moves and my busy schedule. She loved going to the Billy Graham Crusades.
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Thanks Littlelambseativy.

I remember seeing Billy Graham myself, on one of his visits to the UK - that was in 1982, I think. He's certainly a man who rightly commands respect from people from all different parts of the Church.

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Hello Michael,

I'm new here myself.

Your tradition sounds quite interesting. I like that it precedes the great schisms.

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