new monasticism

The LA Times has a look at contemporary communal Christianity.

Very interesting article all around.

It highlights one of my points about this movement. So many get involved in the ideals and patterns but have utterly no familiarity with the writings of monastics, especially non-Western versions, such as Eastern Orthodox. However, so many of the issues and problems found in contemporary versions have been wonderfully addressed in past centuries. To be sure earlier centuries had their own issues and problems but they also had their own wisdom, insights, and understanding that is really absolutely helpful. Certainly such reading has been absolutely transformational for me. The Spirit worked in the Bible, the Spirit worked in the early Church, the Spirit worked and works since then.

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