Anglican Religious Life: A well kept secret?

Edited by Nicolas Stebbing CR

'Are there nuns and monks in the Anglican Church?' is a question still asked 160 years after the first Anglican religious since Reformation times made a profession of vows. But ever since the 1840's, religious men and women have made a rich and prayerful contribution to the Anglican tradition in pastoral work, teaching, nursing and reaching out to those whom society overlooks. And they are many communities dedicated to a life of contemplative prayer.

These essays portray the recovery of religious life within the Anglican tradition as a gift from God and also recognise that religious communities have entered a time of searching and revision. The writers believe that religious life is a faith - guided venture into the unknown. They also believe that, when it becomes secure and part of the institution, it is a valued gift within the Church.

Nicholas Stebbing is a Zimbabwean - born member of the Community of Ressurection, Mirfield. His ministry is divided between retreat work, ecumenical contact and teaching in theological college.




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