Community of Trinity
Want to learn with others how to make time for God amidst your everyday life?
The Anglican Bishop of Auckland invites Christians to form the 2021 cohort for a season of intentional non-residential community. The Community of Trinity draws on the monastic tradition in shaping its life and identity. Through prayer, spiritual practice, and formation, each member learns to nurture their relationship with God and neighbour. Although initially formed for young people between 20 and 35 years of age, the invitation for expressions of interest is extended to all who wish to journey together in this Community, deeply rooted in Trinitarian and Anglican ethos.
This journey of community will run from February to November 2021. Community members experience a season of shared life. They learn spiritual practices to deepen their awareness of God and strengthen their engagement in their churches and their wider communities. Participants keep their existing daily and local church commitments but commit an evening a week to gathering for formation, as well as participating in two retreats and occasionally other events as agreed together.
The Community of Trinity will take members on a shared journey of exploring spiritual practices that nourish their relationship with God as individuals and as a group. With the guidance of their leaders, a common Rule of Life will be discerned and individuals invited to shape their own responses to this in their daily lives.
The main gathering of the Community will take place on a Tuesday evening. We will share a meal together and engage in prayer, dialogue, formational input, and exploration of the monastic tradition that shapes our community identity.
Between sessions, participants are invited to reflect on shared readings and resources. A high level of commitment is expected, but there is also an understanding that the unexpected may occur to which people will need to be able to respond. It is expected that all members will attend both weekend retreats during the year.
For 2021 the first retreat is scheduled for 26-28 February 2021.
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 that of St Benedict from the 6th century. A Rule serves as a framework for freedom – it is not a set of rules that restrict or deny life but rather a guide to living out our vocation alone and together. In the words of St Benedict, “It is simply a handbook to make the very radical demands of the gospel a practical reality in daily life.” Trinity’s Rule will be renewed and affirmed by the Community and will establish principles through which we are able to deepen our faith and relationship with God.
Each member of the group will have a spiritual companion who will journey with them during the year. This person will have a mature faith and be grounded in the Christian tradition and will provide a safe and confidential space for each member of Trinity to explore their own responses and their spiritual journey. Spiritual companions will be appointed in conjunction with the Community leaders.
Providing such an experience does have costs in terms of retreats, meals, and other practical needs. Making a contribution towards the cost of the programme is an expression of commitment to placing a priority on God and the shared life of the Community. Each member is asked to donate $600 towards the Community for their place. Some people may be able to fund their contribution and others may need assistance. If you are offered a place in the Community, the leaders will work with you to explore options for sponsorship and personal contribution. Funding should not determine whether someone is able to apply or be offered a place in the Community.
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: