Community of Trinity
Community of Trinity is an initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland that welcomes all who are willing to journey together to explore how to make time for God amidst everyday life.
The Community draws on the monastic tradition in shaping its life and identity as an intentional non-residential community. Through prayer, spiritual practice, and formation, each member learns to nurture their relationship with God and strengthen their engagement in their own churches and wider communities.
The 2021 Community will run from February to November. Participants keep their existing daily and local church commitments but meet together weekly to share a meal, discern a common ‘Rule of Life’ together and engage in prayer, conversation, formational input, and exploration of the monastic traditions. Between sessions, participants are invited to reflect on shared readings and resources. They also commit to attending two retreats during the year.
Rule of Life
A Rule of Life is a means of giving shape to living a year in God’s time. The idea developed in early Christian monastic communities, the best known of which is St Benedict’s in the 6th century. A Rule is not meant to restrict or deny life but functions as a guide to living out one’s vocation alone and with others. As St Benedict said, “It is simply a handbook to make the very radical demands of the gospel a practical reality in daily life.”
The Community of Trinity will discern their own Rule together, with guidance from their leaders.
Each member of the group will have a spiritual companion who will journey with them during the year. This person will be of mature faith, grounded in the Christian tradition, and will provide a safe and confidential space for each member to explore their own responses and their spiritual journey.
Each member is asked to donate $600 towards the Community to help cover the cost of retreats, meals, and other practical needs. This is also an expression of their commitment to prioritising God and the shared life of the Community. If you are offered a place in the Community and need financial assistance, the leaders will explore sponsorship options with you.
Expressions of interest
If you are interested in applying for membership of Community of Trinity 2021, please fill out this form.
Enquiries and contact
For more information, or if you have any questions about the Community, please contact:
“Contemplatives make good activists. Their activity becomes focused, powerful, and sustained. Significant doers draw from a well of quietness before God…” – Jan Johnson