THE COMMUNITY IN THE UK
Chemin Neuf started in the UK with the Cana Programme for couples back in 1993. It now has around 30 members of different nationalities. They come from different Christian denominations: Anglican, Catholic, Free evangelical, Maronites. Some are married, others are celibates or single.
The main missions of the Community in the UK are Cana and running retreats in our houses. We have also started to organise retreats and other events online and we feel this is an important new area to develop.
Find more about the history of the Chemin Neuf Community in England.
This aspect of Chemin Neuf spirituality is of particular importance in the UK. Have you ever heard said: “How can you believe Christianity, Christians can’t even agree amongst themselves.” As a community we are whole heartedly committed to Christian Unity. In fact it’s almost our reason to exist – it’s our call. This means we are working out Jesus’ prayer, “that all of them may be one Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:21).
Practically, we contribute to events and activities with all churches. But more important than talks and actions, our commitment to work for the unity of the Church relies on sharing the simplicity of daily life, on praying and being in mission together. We are a Catholic Community, but genuinely welcome other denominations, with the blessing of the Catholic Church.
We feel blessed to serve both the Roman Catholic parish in Westminster diocese, and the Anglican Communion praying with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. In Lambeth Palace, we are also serving the ecumenical Community of St Anselm.
Check out this video to learn more about the ecumenical vocation of Chemin Neuf in the UK.
“Living in a community alongside Christians of different denominations is much more challenging, as well as rewarding, than just talking about a desire of Christian unity.”Ione & Alan Morley-Fletcher, Church of England