No longer are such centres of solitude and critical reflection located only in the remote regions. The last decade has seen the growth of urban contemplatives, communities of Christian women and men who seek to live lives of prayer and silence within the urban scene. It was a movement predicted over twenty-five years ago by [...]
Tag Archives | Neo-Monasticism
If you live in North Georgia, I hope I’ll see you at one or both of these events this weekend. Saturday I’ll be leading a day-retreat at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper, Georgia, in the beautiful north Georgia mountains. Our theme is Contemplation and Emergence. I’m very excited about the combination of poetry, storytelling, [...]
If this were an ideal world and I had all the time in the universe to do everything I would like, I’d be reading all sorts of books — and writing lengthy reviews of many of them on this blog. But, alas, ours is not an ideal world, and so like everyone else I have [...]
New Monasticism: What it Has to Say to Today’s Church By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColman “We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another — doubtless very different — St. Benedict,” says Alasdair Macintyre at the conclusion of After Virtue, his withering critique of the ethical [...]
The ever-vigilant Mike Morrell sent me this link — to Earth Abbey, a British-based community that describes itself as… … a movement of people helping one another to live more in tune with the earth. We work to promote: A rich relational life between human beings A compassion toward the earth and its creatures A [...]
A Community Called Taizé: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation By Jason Brian Santos Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2008 Review by Carl McColman Long before any of us had heard the term “neo-monasticism” — long before Shane Claiborne and the The Simple Way or Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Rutba House had captured the imagination [...]
Based on this trailer, the forthcoming movie Ordinary Radicals looks pretty exciting. I returned to Christianity in 2005 because of my desire to be more intimately involved with the living contemplative tradition (such as can be found at the monastery where I now work). While that renewed spiritual commitment has been truly a blessing, I [...]
Books by Carl McColman
- Communion and the Broken Body September 13, 2009
- Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends November 11, 2010
- Wasting Time with God May 11, 2010
- Of Atheists and Apophatics… November 26, 2010
- Concerning Spiritual Noise, (Lack of) Inner Silence, and Singlemindedness October 25, 2010
- Benedictine Spirituality and the Community of Hope April 24, 2013
- Does God = Consciousness? April 12, 2013
- Carmelite Review reviews “Answering the Contemplative Call” April 11, 2013
- Concerning Stillness, Songs, and Soul Friends March 26, 2013
- Simplicity and Silence March 22, 2013
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