Ray Simpson was educated at Woking Grammar School for Boys, London University and London College of Divinity. He was ordained into ‘the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church’ at Lichfield Cathedral, founded by Saint Chad of Lindisfarne in 669.
In 1978, he was uniquely commissioned by Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed Churches and The Religious Society of Friends, with a Salvation Army band and ‘the right hand of fellowship’ from Community and Pentecostal churches to establish ‘one family of Christians for one neighbourhood’ at Bowthorpe, Norwich, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
He is the Founding Guardian of the dispersed International Ecumenical Community of Aidan and Hilda. The CORE of CAH comprises followers of the way from Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed and Emerging expressions of the worldwide Body of Christ and other faith communities.
He lived on England’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne for over two decades where he established the Celtic Christian Library and the Community’s retreat accommodation for pilgrims.
He has been the Community’s principal liturgist and Celtic Studies tutor, is the author of over forty books on prayer, spirituality and new monasticism and has travelled and lectured widely on three continents. His popular auto-biography, Monk In the Marketplace, was published in 2021. For information about his daily prayer tweet, weekly blog, downloads and books, see: www.raysimpson.org.
A Way of Life: For the Third Millennium
False ways litter the world. Even the great religions have become prisoners of colonial frameworks or of a selfishness that betrays their essence. As a result, our planet faces climate catastrophes, nuclear holocausts, and internet surveillance that makes us prisoners of unseen predators. There is a...