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
IN THE NEWS
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.