The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has extended an invitation to all Episcopalians to follow “The Way of Love”, a rule of life for what he is calling the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
What is a rule of life? The Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Virginia Theological Seminary Center for the Ministry of Teaching describe it by saying:
- The idea of a “Rule of Life’ comes from the Latin word regula and suggests a way to regulate or regularize our lives to stay on an intentional path. A “Rule of Life” is not just a set of rules to live by; rather, it is a gentle framework to guide and support us on our way.
- A “Rule of Life” allows us to live with intention and purpose in the present moment. It helps us clarify our most important values, relationships, dreams and work.
- A “Rule of Life” is meant to be simple, realistic, flexible and achievable. It is a purposeful tool to help us grow into a more meaningful life with God.
Following the Way of Love
There are a number of different ways in which we can take on this new opportunity. The Episcopal Church is offering free materials that can be used to aid us along this path. They primarily follow a seven step process of:
- TURN: Pause, listen and choose to follow Jesus
- LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.
- PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God daily
- WORSHIP: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God
- BLESS: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve
- GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus
- REST: Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration
Full details on how this process works can be found here.
In our own Diocese of Southern Ohio, we are encouraged to participate in diocesan wide events on Becoming Beloved Community. There will be events, workshops, and training offered throughout the year. One of these that will be of particular focus is reading the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, from this coming Advent until Pentecost, and explore the kind of Beloved Communities we are called to create and nurture as a diocese.
More information on Becoming Beloved Community can be found here.