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THE COMMUNITY OF ST ETHELDREDA
THE COMMUNITY OF ETHELDREDA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2005 IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE THEIR DAILY LIVES BY A SIMPLE RULE OF LIFE. THIS RULE IS INSPIRED BY OUR MONASTIC HERITAGE.

Etheldreda came to Ely in the year 673 and founded a religious community of men and women. The quality of her life and the miracles attributed to her, even after her death, attracted pilgrims from far and wide, to what was then a remote and inaccessible place. Etheldreda was deeply influenced by St Wilfred, who was a great advocate of St Benedict's Rule. It is very likely that, from the beginning, Etheldreda's community followed a Benedictine pattern of living.

The Saxon monastery was destroyed by the Danes in 870 but rebuilt by Benedictines in 970. Around 1080 work began on what is now Ely Cathedral. The monks lived their common life according to the Rule written by St Benedict in the sixth century. It has been, and still is, the most influential of all the monastic 'Rules'. Heavily based on Scripture, it's wisdom and balance seem to span the centuries.

For us in the 21st century, living hectic lives with many demands in a complex world, the task of finding a simple rule to live by, to keep us rooted in Christ and living for him, is all the more essential. The principles behind Benedict's rule are just as relevant today as they were 1500 years ago.

Benedict's rule has at its heart a careful balance of the following major disciplines:

Listening: the call to listen to God through his word, through silence, through quiet days and retreats, through others, through prayer and through corporate worship (particularly the praying of the psalms) which is the real 'Work of God'.
Obedience: the Latin root means 'to listen intently' to God. Those who hear the word are called to let it shape their lives.
Stability: important for us in an age of constant change - the need to belong & to be content within a stable Christian community, learning to live together in love even with those we find most difficult.
Work: the call to reflect God's creative activity, including practical service, however humble, for the benefit of all.
Transformation: a commitment to be changed, to see the need for it, to seek to realise all the potential that God has put within us, to be open to God's transforming love and grace in us, to become more Christ-like.

You may wish to think about your own personal Rule of Life by completing the Rule of Life Questionaire.

Programme for 2018/2019

27 June Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
19 July Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
26 September Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral

28 September Quiet Day: Be Who You Are Called To Be & You Will Set The World On Fire
led by Natalie Andrews and Lynne Turner, Bishop Woodford House. Arrive 9.30am for 10am start until 4pm including lunch. To book a place email: moc/esuohdrofdoowpohsib//eciffo

1 November Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral

3 November Blended Festival #Blended18 - National Fresh Expressions Festival: Ely Cathedral
(Community of St Etheldreda in Residence)

23 November Community of St Etheldreda:Women 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
Does St Etheldreda have anything to say to women of today?

5 December Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, The Black Hostelry, Ely Cathedral

15 December Advent Sleep-out in aid of the Church Urban Fund Homeless Campaign.
Join us as we sleep-out in the Galillee Porch of Ely Cathedral to raise money for those who regularly sleep on the streets.

2019

23 January Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
27 February Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral

13 March Community of St Etheldreda:Theology 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
An evening exploring the place of theological study in the Christian life of discipleship.

10 April Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
15 May Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral
19 June Community of St Etheldreda:Gathering 7.30-9pm, Powcher's Hall, Ely Cathedral

Further Information

If you would like to know more about the Community of St. Etheldreda or come to our open meetings contact the Canon Victoria Johnson gro/lardehtacyle//nosnhoj/v
Twitter: @StEtheldredaEly

Rule of the Community of St. Etheldreda

The Community of St. Etheldreda. A simple rule for living

To find out more about spirituality and prayer

Please visit the Diocesan website or the Church of England website

Rule of Benedict: A Brief Study Guide