Who we are
A2J is an ecumenical fellowship of Christians, who are both Protestant and Catholic, (and we pray someday also Orthodox), who are called to a Way of life with Jesus, as his friends and partners in mission to love and serve the Church and further God’s kingdom. We are united by our Rule of Life, which expresses our values and appreciation of monastic spirituality and its simple and rich rhythms of prayer, study and service. This fellowship is founded on two core pursuits:
1. The contemplative life (intimacy with God) and
2. The active life (engaging the mission of God on earth).
Within this fellowship, some live together in the same neighborhood, some in the same houses, and still others live across the city and others continents away. We welcome followers (apprentices) of Jesus at the different stages of their journey and from diverse traditions. This fellowship is open to all who want to join us and are called to the values and mission. Some, but not all, within this fellowship have been called by God to make a formal commitment to this Way of Life and to one another that can be renewed each year.
Our Rule of Life (Rule)
A Rule of life is rooted in a commitment to embody the New Testament vocation of following Jesus in a specific place and time. It makes plain how the members live and serve together as they lay out the communities’ practices. Throughout history, communities like the Benedictines and the Franciscans organized themselves around a set of practices that became their Rule of Life. Our Rule is an expression of our mission, values and commitments.
To be a Christian Fellowship for renewal and reconciliation as we
champion discipleship being restored as a way of life.
Our Shared Values
1. Living a life of discipleship that is
integrated into everyday life and fosters
a deepening friendship with Jesus and
commitment to grow in his likeness for
the sake of others.
2. Working and praying towards
reconciliation and unity in the body of
Christ, knowing this is at the core
of Jesus’ heart and will release God’s
blessing and healing not only to the
Church but to the world.
3. Loving our neighbors and communities,
believing mission thrives when it is expressed
relationally and naturally in the neighborhood
we live in. The world desperately needs small,
humble, and faithful communities of love
and hope that can become signs of reconciliation, unity and peace.
Our Shared Commitments
+ Share our lives & gifts with one another, helping each other be faithful to Jesus,
one another & the Way of Life
+ Affirm and support the unique gifts of service each of us have to offer
+ Create quarterly gatherings for prayer, worship and study as an offering for others
to receive with us.
+ Create resources together for the common good, obeying Jesus’ command
‘freely give as we have freely received’
+ Gather once a year as a fellowship for a weekend Retreat together.