There is a movement underway, in some places quite significant and in others not yet significant, but it seems to be growing. It can threaten, it can transform, and it can provoke. It is called “new monasticism.” I’m wondering if you are encountering it or encountering Christians who are pondering the new monasticism. What do you know about it? ny issues? What is it? Here’s a brief on it:
In School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism, a variety of folks lay out the themes of new monasticism.
There are twelve themes in this new movement, most clearly expressed at NewMonasticism.org. This book comes out of Rutba House in Durham, NC. Each chp is written by a different person.
1. Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire.
2. Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy.
3. Hospitality to the stranger.
4. Lamen for racial divisions and 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.
7. Nurturing common life among members.
8. Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous marrieds and children.
9. Geographical proximity to community members.
10. Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us.
11. Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution.
12. Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.
Is this the 60s and 70s again? Is this part of the emerging movement? Is this a cultural critique or an ecclesial critique?