Contemplative Fire (CF)

Introduction to the community

Contemplative Fire is a dispersed community having a threefold rhythm of life of prayer, study and action, or being, knowing, doing. Contemplative Fire: Creating a community of Christ at the edge was established in the Oxford Diocese in 2004 by Philip Roderick as one of the Diocese’s “Cutting Edge Ministries”. It then became one of the first generation of the national initiative, Fresh Expressions of Church. Contemplative Fire was welcomed as an Acknowledged Community in November 2013.

The call and charism of Contemplative Fire seeks to hold in creative tension contemplation and engagement, the hidden and the apostolic. Contemplative Fire is geographically dispersed. Companions on the Way are those who are drawn to become “members” of Contemplative Fire. Currently, we have 77 Companions in the UK.

There is also a Contemplative Fire Community in Canada.

As a community engagement, we currently offer, for those who are able to attend, a number of retreats, a Community Weekend and four Wisdom on the Way days each year. In addition, there are opportunities for Companions at local, regional or national level, to facilitate, attend events, and design, or receive online, Contemplative Fire resources on different aspects of prayer and contemplative discipleship.

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Contemplative Fire

Contact details

07896 342 907

Contemplative Fire Registered Office:
The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW

Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Accompanier/Visitor: The Rt Reverend Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston

Senior Accompanier: Sister Rosemary SLG



Shared Leadership: Board of Trustees


77 Companions in the UK
There is also a CF Community in Canada