The Way Of Life

The Way of Life is Llan’s claim about God (see the Who Are Llan? page) ‘lived out’ in the real world. Anyone who wants to become a committed member of either the gathered or dispersed communities makes promises to use the Way of Life as a guide and trellis for their own lives. We use the term trellis because the Way of Life is not a list of hard and fast commandments that one must obey, but is intended to to hold the individual lightly and provide room for growth and flourishing. The Way of Life has three parts: radical hospitality (being the host), radical blessing (being the servant), and radical journeying (being the pilgrim). Here is a short description of each.

Radical Hospitality (the host)

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“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.” (Henri Nouwen)

“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!”” (Luke 15:2)

Hospitality is about receiving others, challenges and life in general with love and compassion. For our community it means:

Being a family that is open and welcoming to anyone who wants to journey with us, whatever their beliefs, personalities, experiences or pasts

Being a place of safety where nobody need fear judgement and vulnerability is possible

Valuing invitation over coercion, allowing people to explore spirituality on their terms

Learning what it means to be a genuine community of love and reconciliation

Radical Blessing (the servant)

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” (Matthew 20:34)

Blessing is about actively searching out situations and opportunities to bring Love into. For us it means:

Looking for opportunities to bring beauty, light and goodness to the world around us

Recognising that Jesus had a prejudice towards the weak, the loathed and the outcast

Learning to live and breathe compassion

Radical Journeying (the pilgrim)

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“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” (C.S. Lewis)

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Journeying is about willingly persevering on the road to Truth, Love and conversion, realising that there is always another step to be taken. For Llan it means:

Following Jesus on a journey towards God, life and growth as his apprentices

Embracing the way of the cross both internally and externally: death leads to and is necessary for life

Accepting that Jesus never, ever leaves anyone alone, no matter what

Committing ourselves to each other for compassionate support, accountability and encouragement

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