Frequently asked questions
Q. Can I come and visit the Order or join as a live-in community member?
A. No, not yet. We hope to be in new accommodation later this year where you can come and meet with us at Tretheglos in Bude, but as yet we do not have the facilities to live in community. It is, however, something that we are praying for, so please remember us in your prayers, and watch this space for answers to prayer!
Q. Can I join the Order to explore the Disciplines etc. without actually being a Christian?
A. Yes, you can join as an Associate to explore Christianity through the Disciplines. We recommend that you also read one of the resource books on basic Christianity, or take a course such as Alpha or Christianity Explored to give the Disciplines context before you begin your year 1 studies.
Q. Can I do the training without actually joining as a member?
A. Yes, in fact if you are a Christian who would like to study with us without officially joining, we welcome you as Companions, and invite you to act in the role of Anam Cara for new members.
Q. If I start as a Companion or Associate and decide to become a full trainee member later on, would I need to start year 1 again?
No. If you decide to become a full trainee member during the course of your studies, all your previous study will be counted towards your final membership.
Q. Does study with the Order lead to a recognised qualification?
A. No, not at this stage. Our courses are informal, self-study courses, not currently recognised by any school, college, university, church or institution. You are free to also pursue accredited courses either in parallel with your Novice training for the Order, or afterwards as a Member.
Q. Are you connected to any denomination or umbrella organisation?
A. No, we are completely independent.
Q. Are women allowed to join the Order?
A. Yes, women are welcomed. The second and third year courses have optional modules on Women in Christianity and / or Christian Feminism.
Q. Is the Order just for clergy, or just for laymen?
Membership is open to lay people and clergy.
Q. Is the purpose of the order in studying Jewish Christianity actually a form of ‘judaizing’?
No. The judaizers in the early church were insisting that gentile belivers needed to be circumcised, ie, to become Jewish before they could be accepted into Christianity which at that point was a sect of Judaism rather than a separate religion. Our purpose rather is to look at early Jewish Christianity and ask, “What was good about it, and what can we learn from them?”.
Q. Isn’t Celtic Christianity too pagan/ Catholic/ protestant/ liberal/ new age/ etc.?
The Celts were so iconic, and their culture so long ago, that we look as it were through a glass darkly. It is possible to make of it what you want to see in it, so yes it has been adopted by pagans, and Roman Catholics and Protestants, new agers and so on. So again, our task is to ask “What was good about it, and what can we learn from them?”.
Q. Are you a conservative or liberal Order?
Yes and no to both! Our focus is on exploring and cultivating a personal relationship with God by means of Consecration to God and Service to our fellow man, and study of ancient Celtic and Jewish expressions of Christianity. You may approach it from either a conservative or a liberal perspective.