New Monasticism

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has followed in the footsteps of Shane Claiborne. He attended the same college (Eastern College in Philadelphia), he lived at Simple Way for awhile, he even spent time with Claiborne in Iraq. What’s more, he started a neo-monastic community in Durham, North Carolina called the Rutba House. Wilson-Hartgrove has become an “expert” of sorts on the New Monasticism, particularly with the release of his new book by just that name. In it, he describes what he and his community call the “12 Marks of a New Monasticism”. I wanted to share those ideas with you and ask for your responses to the ideas that seem to embody the neo-monastic movement.

  1. Relocation to the abandoned places of the Empire.
  2. Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us.
  3. Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church.
  4. Geographical proximity to community members who share a common rule of life.
  5. Hospitality to the stranger.
  6. Nurturing common life among members of intentional community.
  7. Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18.
  8. Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation.
  9. Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us along with support for our local economies.
  10. Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children.
  11. Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of community along the lines of the old novitiate.
  12. Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, New Monasticism, (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008), p. 39.

What do these claims say about the Church? What do they say to the Church?

posted by Matt Gallion, co-architect

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