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
I saw God today, unexpectedly. My friend said he wasn’t sure who would show up. Well, over a dozen friends did. They are extraordinarily ordinary people who showed up and brought their spouses, kids and God along with them. We laughed and loaded the moving truck to the brim with boxes, furniture, toys and odds and ends. Then we shared pizza, prayers, tears and hugs to carry our beloved family (friends) a little further up the road.
God appeared again, unexpectedly. When that same truck pulled up in front of the new house there was an even larger group of extraordinarily ordinary people waiting. They are seminary students who showed up and brought their spouses, children and God along to meet us. Everyone helped in one way or another. The children stood in line at the back of the truck to carry what they could and the entire job was done in no time flat. It was joyful and miraculous. It was “God-all-up-in-there-amongst-us”. One seminarian was heard to say, “It’s just what we do”.
In a word, “it” is community. Community is not just a word. It is not just the hottest hipster way of doing churchy stuff. Community is people showing up and sharing their hearts, lives and love whenever and wherever. Community happens when extraordinarily ordinary people “do” community. It crosses every boundary and breaks down every barrier we create to contain it. It is where God shows up. It is real. I saw it happen.