THE COMMUNITY OF ALL ANGELS

Benedictines in Exile

Why All Angels and What Exile?
The angels have historically been understood to be messengers of God.  They often encourage those they visit to "fear not" and bring comfort and guidance.  LGBTQA communities have a message from God as well and it can easily be summarized in English as Love Wins!

Saint Paul carried the Gospel among the gentiles and wrote his letters to advise the new converts.  He functioned as one of the intermediaries between the gentiles and the Jewish community.  He played a vital role in building bridges that had previously only been laid for commerce and under military might.  The Benedictine monastic is very much a peace keeper and a counselor.  Like the angels we have something to communicate from our experience of sexuality to the churches and something from our faith lives to communicate to the LGBTQA communities.  As Karen Armstrong has said, The Charter of Compassion and the Age of Appreciation has dawned.

The Community of All Angels affirms God's mercy for every sinner and doesn't single out a group for "extra" punishment or disparate treatment.  The Exile is imposed by the Churches who fail to accommodate the human rights of their members whether they due so for gender or for sexuality. The hostility portrayed in the popular media against organized religion stems from the immature and undeveloped leadership behaviors of those with Church or Religious administration.  Culpability does not exist with the victims of discrimination.  Exile is imposed by highlighting the truth about the imbalance of power and authority displayed by religious people and their leaders.   

 
 
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 MONASTIC VOCATIONS
Our rule of life follows that of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict, however, in Exile, our members must fend for themselves to a large extent.  Each builds their own faith community and the collective experiences of the members shape our understanding of monastic profession and the contemplative life lived today as inherited from the ancient deserts.
Oblates/Emeritus Members
The Oblates and the Sisters/Brothers Emeritus extend the Community of All Angels, enhances the sensible palpability of the Communion of Saints and extends the circle of loving compassion, mercy and forgiveness essential to the Benedictine Pax.  Through these mutual relationships we grow the upward spiral of love and inclusion of all the children of God.
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ABOUT US
Wounded by an unjust exile, we hereby commit to recovering and liberating our true selves, through prayer, asceticism, social action, education and research.

We are a community of action, made strong by the contemplation of God and our personal and collective solitude.  We establish community for our joy, safety and common ministries to all in need, especially our fellow exiles of all races, sexes, creeds and conditions.

We choose the Angels as our guardians and providers of divine grace and protection.  We affirm our exile, no longer as victims of the churches and society or ourselves, but as friends of God, protesting the lack of fidelity within the churches.

From our exile and in witness of said, we call upon the churches to realize our respective vocations as lights to the world.  We await our enlightenment as spiritual beings and are confident in the achievement, here and now, of God's Commonwealth. AMEN!
"And the poor in spirit are rightly understood here, as meaning the humble and God-fearing, i.e. those who have not the spirit which puffs up. Nor ought blessedness to begin at any other point whatever, if indeed it is to attain unto the highest wisdom; "but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"; for, on the other hand also, "pride" is entitled "the beginning of all sin." Let the proud, therefore, seek after and love the kingdoms of the earth; but "blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

- Saint Augustine, On the Sermon on the Mount, as translated by William Findlay (1888), Book I, Ch. 1
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WHAT WE DO
The Community of All Angels was founded on May 8, 1992, Feast of Julian of Norwich, and was the life expression of our founder. The Community of All Angels is a self-governing body of spiritually minded adults following the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Rule of St. Benedict.

The members come together to worship God and work out their liberation. The Community of All Angels is a monastic religious order for the gay and lesbian community, their friends, families and allies, within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Special membership consideration is given to persons living with AIDS and others who have been excluded from traditional forms of religious life and church membership.

The Community of All Angels does not intend to speak for anyone in the gay and lesbian community or in the religious community except by the representation of its members in those communities. At the same time, we acknowledge our interdependence with both communities and seek to be of maximum service to both communities through our prayer of atonement and reconciliation.
We come together as a community to love and serve God and our neighbor, through the religious way, taught by our ancestors and our monastic brothers and sisters here now, as we understand them.  

We choose to proclaim and affirm our sexuality in the presence of God and the powers that be. We intend, that as lesbian women and gay men of faith, in companionship with our friends, families and allies, to serve the community according to the breath of God and the vision of the universal Spirit.  

We enjoy our common life in grace with gratitude and in the celebration of our love.  We dedicate ourselves to the Worship of God, our Creator, and to the divine manifestations throughout the created order.
WHO WE ARE
OUR HISTORY