The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory

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Called to Serve

The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a Christian Community of The Episcopal Church, its Communion Partners, and the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose members follow a common rule and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Members — clergy and lay, without regard to marital status — live individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work, making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being of the world. The trust that all labor and life can be sanctified is summed up in the community’s motto: Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone the Glory.

Flexibility is crucial in the ministry of the Brotherhood. Each member is encouraged to develop his gifts and talents under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the care and direction of the community. Brothers work in parishes as liturgists, musicians, librarians, artists, visitors to the poor and the sick, administrators, sextons, teachers, guild members, and clergy. On diocesan and national levels, brothers serve in a number of administrative and pastoral capacities. Many of those in secular employment continue the servant theme, and work as teachers, nurses and administrators. The aim is always to follow Saint Gregory the Great as “servants of the servants of God” — whether in church or society.BSG

Karekin Madteos Yarian, BSG

On Being Wrong

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The great gift of a life lived in God is that it keeps you humble. It reminds you day by day, moment by moment, how little you actually know.

About anything.

Far from the modern American religious landscape, a life truly lived in God should cause all of our certainties to crumble, not to keep our biases propped up or to help us ignore our own blindness. A life lived in God illuminates our brokenness, our faults, shows us the truth of our interior geography that leaves little doubt about our absolute dependence - our contingency as human beings. The truth is — we need! We are insufficient in ourselves to accomplish much without each other and a whole lot of “unexplained” grace in the midst of life’s challenges.

And, a life lived in God provides us with a template for how to love others without judgment, knowing as we do that we are loved even with our shortcomings, in our darkest and most ill-examined and unsavory places where we judge ourselves without mercy. There is no gift more humbling or more urgent if we are to move past our pettiness and our divisions.

To heal this world, we need to move past our “plain” truths and our certainties into a place of surrender to our limitations and our ignorance. Only then can love make us free. Only then will love knit back together what we have so willfully torn apart for the sake of being “right”.BSG

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