Over recent years many new forms of ‘monastic’ communities have flourished, seeking to express a similar rhythm of life and commitment in a contemporary way. A new way to be spiritual community which reflects the reality of the modern day, yet also respects the tradition of monastic life and the contribution made to the church.
Like any Christian disciple there is a need for queer people of faith to be taught and practice their spirituality; alongside they are also called to offer back to the community of faith and the world something of the riches their faith and spirituality provide. It is particularly valuable for an oppressed community to do so in the context of the global struggle against injustice and oppression. Queer disciples are in fact a gift to the church – a gift that continues to be scorned, but that it desperately needs.
Many LGBTQ+ Christians experience hardship finding a safe and affirming place to express their faith (some finding nowhere, others having to keep quiet or battle prejudice, and a very few finding an affirming church). Rhythm will provide a space for LGBT+ community, drawing on monastic tradition by valuing the richness of creating a daily rhythm that encourages us to commune with God, commune with ourselves, and commune with others.
You can find out more about our hopes and plans for Rhythm, as well as engage with our community led Advent material HERE.