A big part of the StrongTower Community is educating ourselves as Christians connected to a Church Community inspired by various Spiritual Traditions or Rites of Worship as disciples of Jesus of Nazareth. We all live in cultures and societies that challenges us and we must continue to grow in how we live and relate our faith lifestyle with others especially those who are in need or oppressed by unjust structures in their personal contexts. Dorothy Day and William Stringfellow are contemporaries who represent in powerful ways personal influences in my life of a faith in the modern world that is challenged by injustice. And both are modern saints who sought to live lives that witnessed to the radical love and compassion of Christ in modern society and of the need for inner spiritual renewal to live this reality. And they both therefore also witnessed to the need to integrate belief and practice in our daily life.
So at Day-Stringfellow Centre of Spirituality we try to get back to the essential integrity of the Christian spiritual tradition which includes a simplicity of lifestyle close to the land that respects the Creator and is also grounded in the rediscovery of a wholeness of body, mind and spirit as sought to be lived in a 'spirituality of community'.
The three general areas I will focus on are: 1. The power of Contemplative Prayer as a sacred energy force for the essence of a spirituality of transformation best nurtured in community in a neglected area of what has been called Intermediate Christianity in cultivating it 2. The on-going theme of Church Ecclesial Renewal as developed in my book A Church Fully Alive with the influence Irenaeus' community praxis and ethic 3. The role of New Monasticism in the Emergent Church Movement as it relates to: the 'Total Ministry Community'; as a positive contributor to the development of an Ecumenical Anglican Tradition; and as part of the Social Justice Movement and lifestyle accountability