We have been here at Hetton Hall, the mother house of the Northumbria Community, for five days. We traveled from Bath to London and north to Berwick Upon Tweed, the last stop before the border of Scotland. A volunteer staff picked us up and brought us to the house where we met the couple who serve as priest and overseer of the community. Amy and I were given a tour of the house and shown our room, which is Brendan named after the Celtic saint Brendan the Navigator.
As we have met people in the house we have discovered everyone has a story how they found the community. Some are "core staff" who live here, but all the others make up a dispersed community of those who live a few miles away or continents away. God has drawn different the community of thousands together for different reasons, but all have found a community that helps them connect with God and with others in a place of love and hospitality and commitment to seeking God together by asking the three questions:
Who is it that you seek?
How then shall we live?
How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?