1000 Wells

Written on January 06th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony

Have you heard about New Monastic (Neomonastic) Communities? Find information at New Monasticism Dot Org. Note the 12 Marks of a 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 our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation. 5. Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church. 6. Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community along the lines of the old novitiate. 7. Nurturing 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 of 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. A few examples of New Monastic Communities: The Simple Way, New Jerusalem Now, Camden House, Reba Place Fellowship and Living Stone Monastery. I must admit, it’s all new to me.

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