Community News – November 2017

We have now had several events at the new Companionary. On November 4 we hosted a “refresher day” for graduates of the Making A Difference workshop. Then the next day we held an open house for friends of all stripes. We’ve had several people stay for retreats this month, and we’re pleased to see the new space getting some use. Of course we are hoping that we will outgrow this space, as others feel called to the vowed life. Our two covenant groups ended this month, as we begin a new process for learning and sharing covenant life. Some people are continuing on, and others are stepping away, but all of them remain in our hearts. We have learned a lot from these past years, and we pray that that learning will benefit new and continuing Companions alike. Dario has produced a booklet to introduce people to the Companions, with a history and our charism and covenant as well as a description of the threads of Companionship and the process of finding your place in the weave. We hope to have that available for groups who’d like to know more, especially as we get ready to launch a new covenant group cycle in February. If you are interested in being part of that group, which will meet once a month on line for a year, email us anytime at...

Community News – October, 2017

We are in the busy season. We are blessed with retreat and workshop opportunities, and with those we companion in spiritual direction, covenant groups, or other venues. Since moving last month, we’ve hardly been in the house at the same time for more than a few days! That should slow down a bit in November. Shane went to Tennessee with her sister for a week. They saw natural beauty in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and in the welcome of many people. We hosted our first guest in the new house, a new friend from California. We hope to receive many more in the months and years to come. Dario has produced a booklet to introduce people to the Companions, with a history and our charism and covenant as well as a description of the threads of Companionship and the process of finding your place in the weave. We hope to have that available for groups who’d like to know more, especially as we get ready to launch a new covenant group cycle in February. If you are interested in being part of that group, which will meet once a month on line for a year, email us anytime at companionsma@gmail.com. We are working with our board on our fall appeal. Your generosity last year gave us the courage to take on this house and its expenses, and we trust that through you God will continue to make this ministry of prayer and hospitality...

Community News – September, 2017

We are in the new house, and it is wonderful. Many many friends helped us move in, and we are unpacked and (mostly) organized. Many others have sent donations to help us with the expenses involved. Thank you to all of you, and for all your prayers and good wishes. We can once again hear the monastery bells, although we worship here now. When one of us is away, it’s a blessing to be able to go next door for Eucharist. We continue to share Vespers with Dario via Zoom, and look forward to others joining us again. Our other big change involves the covenant groups. They’ve been running now for 3 1/2 years – amazing! As we see more clearly the challenges of dispersed intentional community, we continue to develop the groups. We will share more details in the coming months, but we can say now that beginning in February we will have a new cycle beginning. Each monthly call will include teaching and discussion about the covenant and charism, and a chance to share the challenges and blessings of living by the covenant. Each group will run for a year at a time, rather than the indefinite framework we currently have. The group will help people discern how they are called to be part of the Companions community, and to equip them to live that connection. Stay tuned for details, and contact us if you might like to join next year’s group. We enter into a busy fall. We will be offering several retreats, at several venues. We’re sorry we’re unable to offer a quiet day here...

Community News – August 2017

What a month!  Where do we start? Dario came out here for five days of prayer, planning, and retreat.  We had a wonderful time together, whether in Bible sharing, reflection on the charism and covenant, or just cooking and cleaning up together.  We shared music that matters to us, and “adventures” that took us beyond our usual left-brain ways of being. At the end of that time we formally received Dario’s first annual commitment as a Covenant Companion.  He has been a Candidate for the past year, and we all agreed that he is ready to commit himself.  He is free to make his commitment annually, or to eventually decide on longer periods. As part of our work together, we took a good look at our structure, our “circles.”  We will be making some real changes in the circles (now “strands,”) and in our pathways to companionship.  Stay tuned for details. But now the big news: We found a house to rent. Yes, rent.  We were turned down for a loan again, since our credit history as a community is still too brief.  We started looking for larger houses to rent. The bigger news:  It is right down the lane from our former house in West Park. The Episcopal church next door to Holy Cross has a lovely house down the lane from our old house.  We have eyed that house before, but the time wasn’t right.  The day after we heard from the bank, an ad popped up for this place. It’s a big leap in rent, but the past year has convinced us to take the risk.  We will have two guest rooms (until someone...

Community News – July 2017

Vowed Members It’s been a powerful month, but much of that has been inward spiritual growth and clarity. The biggest news concerns our discernment about place. We have had some wonderful conversations and invitations to go elsewhere, but we got really clear that we already have a community growing up around us here and this is where we need to stay. So we are taking another run at buying a property. This time, ducks in a row! Banks, pre-approvals, process. We don’t have a particular place in our sights yet, but we are looking. We’re excited to realize that although our vision of what community should look like is not manifesting yet, something real and powerful is growing. Shane’s annual retreat was simply amazing, as she wrote in her blog. She spent the first part of July re-entering and processing what showed up there. Then we moved toward celebrating Mary Magdalene Day on the 22. 15 people came for Eucharist and potluck. Once again we had rain, though not the high temperatures of last year, so we were comfortable in the house. It was glorious, joyous, hilarious. Elizabeth had a week of vacation visiting old friends in New York City, and she has been doing some supply work, in Tuxedo Park and Cornwall NY. Shane’s turn comes in August. Covenant Companions Dario has been getting a little time off in Rocky Mountain National Park and more local open spaces. He will join us here for a week in August, and we are looking forward to that! Covenant Groups Our groups continue. We meet monthly, and share prayers through the...