LAMBETH PALACE is to open its doors to an international
ecumenical community of young Christians.
The Community of St Anselm will be open to people from all
Christian traditions, from all over the world. Sixteen people will
be invited to live full-time at the Palace from next year, and up
to 40 others will live and work in London, but join the community
Members of the community will enter a daily rhythm of silence,
prayer, and study. There will also be some "practical service".
A prior is being recruited to lead the new community. The
Archbishop of Canterbury said: "Living in a praying community is
the ultimate wager on the existence of God, and is anything but
comfortable or risk-free. Through it, people subject themselves to
discipline, to each other in community, and, above all, to God.
"I expect this venture to have radical impact - not just for the
individuals who participate, but for life at Lambeth, across the
Church, and in the world we seek to serve. This is what we expect
in following Jesus. I urge young people to step up: here is an open
invitation to be transformed and to transform."
Four members of an ecumenical community, Chemin Neuf, last year
moved into the Palace to pray for and encourage the Archbishop's
The Archbishop's Chaplain, the Revd Dr Jo Wells, said that the
only qualifications for joining the new community were "a longing
to pray, to learn, to study together the things of God, and so to
be stretched in body, mind, and spirit".