If Anglicanism was a house, it would be a mansion with many rooms. One room for evangelicals. Another for charismatics. Anglo-Catholics would be in one. A room for Pentecostals. And many others.
While attending the Unplugged Silent Retreat over the past weekend, we spent 40 hours in silence, broken only by the rhythm of prayer. This weekend felt like a journey into the attic of the Anglican Church, exploring the hidden treasures of silence, solitude, and contemplative prayer — which have been a part of our culture since its inception.
It was one of the most refreshing experiences of my life, with the Holy Spirit moving through these practices of prayer in unexpected ways. I hope to take these old ways of abiding in Christ, and apply them to my own time connecting with God. In a world filled with noise, hurry and busyness, I think that it's time we took these treasures down from the attic and made space for them once again — I'm sure that it will be worth making room for.
We have invited these writers to share their experiences, ideas and opinions in the hope that these will provoke thought, challenge you to go deeper and inspire you to put your faith into action. These articles should not be taken as the official view of the Nelson Diocese on any particular matter.