What is the Gathered Community?
Llan’s Gathered Community is a group of truth seekers that meets regularly in and around Cardiff, Wales, to support and encourage its members on their spiritual journeys. We are all at different stages on these journeys, but by honouring one another and refusing to judge we learn through honest sharing, deep listening and humble openness.
At the core of the Gathered Community are those who have committed to be apprentices of Jesus as part of Llan. The commitment process and what it entails can be found on the Engaging with the Gathered Community page, but an individual does not have to commit in this way in order to be part of the community. In fact it does not matter what an individual believes, where they have come from or who they are, the only prerequisite to being part of the Gathered Community is that the individual is sincerely seeking truth for themselves. Our meetings all use traditionally Christian language and are based on Christian theology, but there is never ever any attempt to ‘convert’ or convince, directly or surreptitiously. This is very important to Llan and is part of our core principle of hospitality. Llan’s understanding of hospitality can be summed up in this quote from Henri Nouwen:
Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. (Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, 1975)
The Gathered Community currently has two regular meetings. Both take place at St. Canna’s Ale House, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9NJ (see homepage for details).
We also go on retreats at important points in the Christian and Celtic calendars, as well as hold the odd social event every now and again. Check out our Calendar for recent/upcoming events.
Because a big part of our spirituality is in being Missional (click on the link for a detailed explanation), we deliberately focus activities on a ‘third space’ in the local area, becoming a ‘presence’ there and building up relationships with staff and users. This means that as well as our ‘named’ meetings and activities, we also try to hang out informally in the chosen third space whenever time and circumstances allow.