Applications are due Feb. 29 for prospective residential members of the Community of St. Anselm, the “radical Jesus-centered community of prayer, study, and serving local communities” based at Lambeth Palace. Non-residential applicants have until mid-April to apply.
The Most. Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, established the community as part of his commitment to a renewal of the monastic movement. The community is an international group of young Christians that includes both residential and non-residential members.
Application is open to “any follower of Jesus, aged 20-35 and in good standing with their own church,” the community says on its website. “We are hoping for a wonderfully broad range of members from across many different denominations and church traditions, and many different cultures.
“As we live and pray and serve together, we learn to hold our differences before God and love one another — to pursue reconciliation and understanding, in the context of our love for God and for the world around us.”
Members can be laypeople or clergy and can include those already living in holy orders.
“The only prerequisite is a willingness to be transformed and to learn,” the community says. Applications are also welcome from married couples, but “both spouses should apply and participate fully in the Community.”
Members must also have “a level of English that allows the person to benefit from the teaching (lectures and reading), share and discuss matters of faith with others and participate in the social life of the Community,” and be available between Sept. 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.
“I am only halfway through this Year in God’s Time, and it has already been life-transforming,” current residential member Louise Cox said. “Though intensely difficult at times, there is no place I’d rather be, sharing with the incredible young men and women I am honored to call my brothers and sisters.”