NEW NATIONAL GUARDIAN OF THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND HILDA – RAYMOND CARL BALL

Ray has been with The Order of St. Aidan (aka The Community of Aidan and Hilda) since 2003, and is a vowed Long Voyager member. Over the years he has served on the Caim and as Texas Regional Guardian. Ray brings with him a plethora of experience with multiple denominations, pastoring several churches over the years. He has been on the faculty in several theological institutions and taught in several venues. Among others, he was on the faculty of Berea Bible and Missionary College, The University of Dallas’ Anglican School of Theology, and the School of Spirituality for the Diocese of Dallas and Fort Worth. Ray has also taught or led seminars and conferences, e.g. “Orthodox Spirituality” at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary in Russia, and “Neo-Monasticism” at Moses Merrill. He has been an active spiritual director since 1990.

Ray on his vision for the National Guardianship: Ray views the National Guardianship as a position of responsibility, not of authority. He intends to create a “bottom up” leadership style, where a Council of Regional Guardians would be formed with the National Guardian, the first among equals. When asked about the relationship between Regional Guardians and the Caim, Ray sees the Regional Guardians’ accountability would be through the National Guardian to the Caim and Trustees.

Ray will assume his position as National Guardian on Saturday, August 25th when he will be “prayed-in” at noon CDT during a Silent Retreat of the Texas Regional Group. If you can, please keep him and our community in prayer during that time (which would be 1:00 pm EDT … 11:00 am MDT … and 10:00 am PDT).

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Announcing new National Guardians

October 19, 2017

Brothers and Sisters,

The Caim has unanimously set Paul Martin and Barb Williams as interim co-
National Guardians of our Community. This is in effect until October, 2018.
We have been without a National Guardian since both Tim Bonney and Dave
Lundholm resigned on March 20 th of this year. Using the UK model we
attempted an election by Voyagers. The election results did not meet the
standards of acceptance by 2/3 the Voyagers, so it failed.

The National Guardian position is important to the Community to give
inspiration and direction, and to oversee spiritual and business necessities.
The National Guardian(s) are advised, overseen and supported by the Caim.
The National Guardians are charged with prayer for all members and have a
pastoral role for the leadership.

Historically our US Community has made National Guardian transitions by
appointment. The first was from Fr. Jack Stapleton to Paul Martin in 2009.
After months of prayer, the Caim selected Tim Bonney and Dave Lundholm as
co-National Guardians to follow Paul. They were prayed-in at the Sewanee
National Retreat in 2016. After the lack of response using the UK model, the
Caim has decided to commit the next transition process to prayer for
discernment, and appoint the interim Guardians.

More information will follow, as changes are in process. We ask for your
prayers and invite your input.

In Christ’s Love,
Paul Martin & Barb Williams