One way in which Fresh Expressions of church are springing into life is through 'new monastic' or 'intentional' communities, groups of individuals and families living in the same geographic area or connected virtually who share a simple rule of life. Cave ~ Refectory ~ Road explores how traditional monastic life is helping to shape a new flowering of Christian community today. It traces the roots of 'new monasticism' and draws on the classic elements of monastic life to suggest how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be reinterpreted for new settings.
A handbook for all who are exploring 'intentional living', its rich and inspiring teaching is clustered around these themes: The cave: the place of stillness, prayer and withdrawal that can inspire a new engagement with the mystery of God,the refectory: how monastic practices of hospitality can create communities that make a difference in the world and the road: how the example of the friars can lead to creative and loving engagement with public life.
|Publisher:||Westminster John Knox Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
IAN ADAMS is an Anglican priest, an Associate Minister with Fresh Expressions, a missioner with the Church Mission Society and founder of mayBe, a new monastic community in Oxford. A popular Greenbelt speaker, he is the creator of Morning Bell, a daily call to prayer sent by e-mail, text and twitter. He lives in South Devon.
Table of Contents
1 reshaping the world - bringing monastic practice, wisdom and spirituality into everyday life 1
2 ancient paths, emerging patterns - exploring monastic practices of cave, refectory and road 8
3 to the cave - monastic patterns of withdrawal and prayer opening up space for encounter beyond our experience 15
4 in the refectory - monastic practices of hospitality and commitment to locality, creating communities making an earthy difference for good 23
5 on the road - the experience of friars inspiring creative engagement in the wider world 31
6 rhythm of life - the traditional monastic rule of life reinterpreted, bringing freedom and creativity through a new understanding of time 40
7 spiritual formation - monastic learning practices and becoming more (beauti)fully human in the way of Jesus 50
8 the way of simplicity - learning from the vow of poverty 59
9 the way of devotion - learning from the vow of chastity 68
10 the way of humility - learning from the vow of obedience 75
11 the way of rootedness - learning from the vow of stability 83
12 crossing boundaries - monastic patterns of life and reaching out beyond what we know 90
references and further reading 98