The Sept. 6 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. This issue features two reports on the Community of St. Anselm: an interview by the Rev. Sarah Puryear with the Rev. Anders Litzell, who serves as its prior, and a report by John Martin on the thinking behind the community’s formation.
Puryear asks Litzell:
In your doctoral work you have focused on the leadership of St. Benedict. Because of his creation of an intentional Christian community in a time of cultural change and political chaos, Benedict is considered a timely example for the church in a post-Christian culture (e.g., Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option”). How has St. Benedict’s example guided you so far in creating the Community of St. Anselm?
St. Benedict is a great influence on me and Archbishop Justin alike (who is a Benedictine Oblate) and the flavour of our Rule is much inspired by St. Benedict, both in particular emphases (restating in our context St. Benedict’s exhortation to his monks to “prefer nothing whatever to Christ”) as well as the basic balance between work, study, prayer, rest — and the importance of silence in our daily schedule. Also St. Benedict’s wisdom in shaping and facilitating deep human relationships is a wealth of riches that continues to inspire and challenge me as we make the smaller, but ever so important, decisions that will guide our day-to-day life.
Honor for an American Martyr
Stopping Human Traffic | By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Community of St. Anselm
Twenty Minutes with the Rev. Anders Litzell
Lambeth’s Benedict Option | By Sarah Puryear
Spiritual Boot Camp | By John Martin
Thomas Cromwell: The Power Behind Henry VIII | By Lawrence N. Crumb
Holy Resurrection Monastery, St. Nazianz, Wisconsin | By Caleb Congrove
Christian Spirituality: Divine Longing | By Julia Gatta
Poet to Poet | By Mark Harris
Burden of Anglican Unity | By Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
Three books on preaching | Review by Leander S. Harding
Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book | Review by Mark Michael
Church Growth in Britain | Review by Jason A. Fout
Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment, and Communion | Review by George Sumner
Sustaining the Hope of Unity | Review by Stephen Platten
People & Places