Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Monasticism- What is it anyway?

Recently I've felt pulled more and more away from the traditional ' church establishment'- or church hierarchy- as we've known it for the past 500 years or so.I still attend my regular church but a few movements have really echoed many of my own thoughts. One of these is called The New Monasticism. But what is this movement, what is its purpose- and what do they do? I thought I'd share a few of the traits they use to describe themselves.

The following is taken from

'The Twelve Marks Of New Monasticism'

1. Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire
2. Sharing economic resources with fellow community
members and the needy among us.
3.Hospitality to the stranger.
4.Lament for racial divisions within the church and communities
5.Humble submission to Christ's body, the church.
6.Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the
the community along the lines of the old novitiate.
7. Nuturing common life among members of intentional community.
8. Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married
couples and their children.
9.Geographical proximity to community members who share a common
rule of life.
10.Care for the plot of God's earth given to us along with
support for our local economies.
11. Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict
resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18.
12. Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.

May God give us grace by the power of the Holy Spirit to discern rules for living that will help us embody these marks in our local contexts as signs of Christ’s kingdom for the sake of God’s world.

Interesting, no?

To be continued..

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