Marks of the new monasticism

Sharon Ely Pearson has a post on the Building Faith blog on “the marks of the new monasticism.” They are:

Marks of a New Monasticism

Relocating to the abandoned places of empire.

Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us.

Hospitality to the stranger.

Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities, combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation.

Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church.

Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community, along the lines of the old novitiate.

Nurturing common life among members of an intentional community.

Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children.

Geographical proximity to community members who share a common rule of life.

Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us, along with support of our local economies.

Peacemaking in the midst of violence, and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18:15-20.

Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.

Have you had experiences with the new monasticism? Is the movement active in your diocese?

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