The Christ Consciousness Community

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For some time now we have been considering setting up a congregation for those interested in looking at Christianity from a mystical perspective.

This has led to us instituting the 'Christ Consciousness Community'.

One of the recurring conclusions that has emerged from the Developing Consciousness course is that there seems to be a demand for a form of Christian worship that expresses the wisdom of Jesus in a way that is more appropriate to contemporary Spirituality.
Closely linked to this is a strong desire for a sense of belonging and community; where a group share and journey together and are not simply ‘consumers’ of whatever religious services are on offer. These are people for whom;

Community means a group of individuals who have learned to communicate honestly with each other, whose relationship goes deeper than their masks of composure and have developed some significant commitment to rejoice together, mourn together, delight in each other and think of each other as we think of ourselves.                                   M. Scott Peck

The monthly Christ Consciousness Communion has sought to address these needs, and has done so with some success; attracting, on average, congregations of 35 drawn from a wide geographical area.
As we move into a weekly setting we would like to enable these people to feel part of a specific community, hence those of us involved in managing the Communions have come up with the idea of  The ‘Christ Consciousness Community’ (C3 ).
The aims of C3 are to:
  1. To facilitate the emergence of the activating wisdom of Christ within us, and to act upon that wisdom, sharing it and living by it as individuals and as a community.
  2. To welcome others into our community and to provide a safe place for them to communicate their truth.
  3. To encourage spiritual practice as a way of personal and corporate transformation.
  4. To be more than consumers: to be people who are committed to giving and receiving in all aspects of life.
The Community is founded on the basis that, both individually and corporately, we become more whole though our openness to each other. With this in mind, the life of C3 will be characterised by the following:
  1. Welcome
  2. Openness
  3. Honesty
  4. Responsiveness
  5. Relationship
  6. Involvement
  7. Accountability
  8. Journeying
  9. Creativity
  10. Vulnerability
  11. Mindfulness
  12. Inclusiveness
  13. Joy
  14. Appreciation
  15. Reflection
  16. Action
Structure and Organisation
It is too soon to give a complete description of the structure and organisation of the community, some of the details will be shaped by those who join and others will evolve over time. However, the emerging picture will be built on the following foundations:
  • The Christ Consciousness Community is a part of the parish of St Luke’s with St Augustine’s within the Church of England Diocese of Norwich.
  • C3 is committed to paying its way within the life of the parish, and to that end members will be encouraged to contribute towards the work of the parish.
  • The focal point of the Community will be weekly Christ Consciousness Communions at St. Luke’s at 18:30 on Sunday. These will be planned and led by members of the community. Other opportunities to worship and learning experiences are also envisaged, as well as a commitment to living out our relationship with the wider community, as and when we are led so to do.
  • The on-going life of the Community will be shaped by seasonal meetings of the whole community and supported by weekly ‘staff’ meetings.
  • The community will benefit greatly from all of the resources available to it: in particular
    • The building and car park at St Luke’s
    • The contacts and networks of the Norwich Christian Meditation Centre
    • The structures and services of the Church of England.



When will the events take place?

The community meets every Sunday evening at 6.30 at St Luke's Church. 61 Aylsham Road, Norwich NR3 2HF.
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David Austin, 31/12/2015