“the simple way” » 12 Marks of New Monasticism

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Through a google alert pointing me to this article, I just stumbled on The Simple Way, “a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.” I am looking forward to exploring more. But first, I love this clear exposition of their values (how many elements of monasticism can you […]

iMonk on “What Have I Learned from Living in Community?”

Posted by on Aug 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m struck at how similar this blogger’s experience in intentional community is to my own (regardless of questions of faith). His top 5 lessons: “It’s amazing how important it becomes to simply speak to another person; to give them the grace and dignity of a friendly greeting.” “Kindness.” “Staying with people who are not easy […]

More from “Re-monking”

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

After reading Re-Monking the Church: new monasticism (see my previous post), I sent Dr. Armstrong the following note on his “Ask Dr. Church History” page: I just finished reading your fantastic article “Re-Monking the Church: new monasticism.” A question: In your mind, what does the secular world have to learn from monasticism? I think the […]

“Re-monking”: What can secular monastics learn from Christian “New Monasticism”?

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

In “Re-Monking the Church: new monasticism“, Dr. Chris Armstrong (author of the book Patron Saints for Postmoderns) asks: Can Western monasticism’s “father,” Benedict, still give us an antidote to cultural compromise? His question is inspired by the words of historian Mark Noll: “For over a millennium, in the centuries between the reign of Constantine and the Protestant Reformation, almost […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]