About Us

Throne of Wisdom Narthex is an esoteric, Gnostic, Christian spiritual community of the Apostolic Johannite Church seeking to help all walk the path to the discovery of the divine within and without.

Founded by Saint John the beloved disciple of Jesus, rooted in the tradition of John the Baptist and guided by direct, experiential contact with the Divine, the Johannite tradition encourages personal responsibility and freedom of thought and practice.

Throne of Wisdom is part of a global network of Johannite communities that focus on supporting individual and direct experience of the Divine through fellowship, meditation and prayer, service and ritual, lively discussion and study.

We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests. We also delight in the freedoms to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths that are among the particular gifts of our modern world.

Your journey to come to personal knowledge of the Divine is yours alone but it is our experience that we all benefit from companions on the road, good books to read, educated conversation and a place to gather with others to share the fruits of our journey in prayer, praise and blessing.

We draw inspiration from many sources: the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, the Corpus Hermeticum, and Gnostic Scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Secret Book of John. We understand these texts as inspiration, poetry and symbolism, rather than making a literal reading of them as books of rules.

Throne of Wisdom is a welcoming community that embraces all and rejects all forms of discrimination. No matter where your journey has taken you be sure you’ll be welcomed at our meetings as a fellow traveller on the journey of life.