[RivCompanions] Applications from Memphis

Noel Schwartz nschwrtz at aol.com
Thu Aug 1 23:10:48 UTC 2013

I think they were following the instructions on the applications to send to Motherhouse.  Emmaus is supportive of their application (which we need to get to Joe and Claudia for their input), but I am sure that we will recommend they be accepted. I have met them through google hangout at chapter meeting.  They are open and sincere and will I think be very intentional about the discernment process.  They are gentle people with good and broad experiences in contemplative traditions and a rule of life.

How lovely that we now have 11 people in formation with 8 beginning the process at the same time!!!!   Remember we are all going to need to pitch in.

Keep the Texas group in your prayers as they meet Saturday.  After Virginia gets back to MO we will touch base and get back to you with the details about the process and your roles.

Love to all,




-----Original Message-----
From: Susie Danielsson <susiedanielsson at gmail.com>
To: RivCompanions <RivCompanions at justus.anglican.org>
Sent: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 6:26 pm
Subject: [RivCompanions] applications

Dear Companions,

The Motherhouse today received the applications for postulancy from a married couple from Memphis.  I don't know why they were sent here rather than to Emmaus Chapter, but I think it may be good for all of us to take a look and discern how to proceed.  

They are Lori and Charles Miller.  They have been attending Saturday nights in Memphis since June.  He is a retired Presbyterian minister and she is an active lay person.  They both are involved with several outreach projects in Memphis, including the street ministry of St. Mary's Cathedral.  They've moved from city to city over the years and have very much wanted to have a community, and indeed have always either found one where they were or started some sort of small group of Christians.  They both state that they want to discern whether Rivendell is the community for them.  Personally, I like that way of thinking.  They aren't coming at it as if they already KNOW.  

They are both 68 and have been married since 1965, having two grown sons. 

I'm not sure how Virginia does the scanning of applications to send to you all, so I will wait until she returns from Houston.  

Anyway, I will email both of them with copies to Murray to let them know we have their applications.  Any comments from Emmaus Chapter?

Love to all on this hot summer day.


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