Saturday, June 30, 2012

The 12 New Marks of Monasticism

“The power to transform societies and to redeem the human condition
 finds roots in the stored wisdom of the human past.”

~Thomas Oden

1. Supremacy of the First Command :: Although we long for social justice and peace on Earth, we long for the One who is Justice Himself, and understand that there will be no ultimate peace until His Kingdom comes in fullness. Therefore, as we tarry, we position ourselves to minister to and receive ministry from the One who loves us first and foremost. We join with the Holy Spirit in saying, “Come Lord Jesus, Come!” We place prayer, worship, and communion with God as the top priority of every Christian endeavor. We also understand that if the Kingdom of God does not flow in us, it cannot effectively flow through us to a lost and broken world. The new monastic values intimacy with God not only as a means to a ministry end, but also as an end in and of itself. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” ~Matthew 22:36-38

2. Sacred Space:: Weather it be an abandoned warehouse in an urban context, a closet in a single mother’s apartment, or a log cabin in the country, we value places set aside for worship and prayer, and believe that these places can become sacred “thin places” as the early Celtic Christians used to call them. Places where the vale between heaven and earth is pulled back so that the presence of God is made manifest. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” ~Genesis 28:16-17