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Anglican Women at Prayer

Companions of the Holy Cross, Episcopal women living in dispersed community, share a vocation to “a life of prayer, transformation and reconciliation within ourselves, within our Companionship, within our faith communities, and within the whole creation”.

We live out this vocation at the corporate level through our ministry at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center, and through a commitment to daily prayer as outlined in our monthly “Intercession Paper” (IP).

As individual Companions and in local Chapters, we take action in the world with a special focus on the “Mission of God in the World”, the “Unity of all God's People” and “Social Justice”.

Anglican Women at Prayer

Imagine, Anglican women from across the world, bound by an abiding love for Jesus, sharing personal stories, deepest hopes, dreams and personal prayers. Imagine, the diversity of Anglican women from across the world,praying with dance and music, through art and poetry, and in silence. In the March 2014 women gathered, listening to one another and to God. Imagine, Anglican women from across the world, forever bound in an international community of mutually supportive prayers. The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross imagined these possibilities and hosted, along with Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), a conference that began the reality of that imagining.

Anglican Women at Prayer: Weaving Our Bonds of Affection gathered 120 women from across the Anglican Communion from March 14-16, 2014 on the campus of VTS in Alexandria, Virginia, to worship, sing, learn about one another’s lives, pray for and with one another, share how and for what we pray, and most of all to begin developing bonds of affection. Plenary sessions were led by the Rev. Dr. Eleanor Sanderson, formerly vicar of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Eastbourne, New Zealand.

Artists participated by submitting work to Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts' on-line exhibit. See the Exhibit Art from AwaP.

Anglican Women at Prayer: Sharing Sacred Ground

March 31–April 2, 2017, in Austin, Texas

100 women gathered on the grounds of the Seminary of the Southwest the last weekend in March 2017 to explore the meaning of “Sharing Sacred Ground.” We were a diverse group: Native American, Latina, African American, Seminarians, Companions, old and young. Brown skin, black skin, yellow skin, dark hair, gray hair, hobbled and supple; we created a beautiful mosaic of women.

We came from different places and heritages. Where/what we called “home” varied greatly. We learned that “home” is the middle space between cultural forces and where we find ourselves. It’s sometimes a hard place that can pull us in different directions as new events and dynamics, and the increased wisdom of older age impact us. It can, and sometimes does, change over time.

Diversity is hard work. There is a “politics” of identity that tries to label and define what is, or isn’t true about us. Traditional leadership models can also create their own “politics” of what is acceptable and what is not. A sacred circle removes this hierarchy and allows space to hear, ponder and process a communal way through our differences. Honoring the circle is not easy, is often messy and needs time for all voices to be heard.

“Don’t be afraid…my love is stronger; my love is stronger than your fear.

Don’t be afraid…my love is stronger than your fear.

I promise always to be near.”

(Ana Hernandez)

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