From Arlen…

There may be many answers, but here I just want to float the following for consideration:

perhaps because our society needs to see and alternative way of life….

perhaps because our churches need to see an alternative way of life….

perhaps because the pursuit of wealth, social status and pleasure which are the current social    values, need to be counter balanced…

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer…

 

…the restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old, but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ. I think it is time to gather people together to do this…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Extract from a letter to his brother Karl-Friedrick
January 14, 1935

Monastic Vows…

 

Simplicity—a frugal and focused life. We strive to be a community that is unencumbered by excessive possessions and filled with passion and purpose to seek first God’s kingdom. We’ll seek to align all our resources whether time, personnel, money, or energy around one dominant theme: God. (Matthew 6:33)

Community—a shared and stable life. We strive to be a community that rejects “rugged individualism” and pursues instead radical interdependence. We’ll make and keep long term commitments to each other without constant uprooting to so-called greener pastures. (Philippians 2:2-4)

Worship—a God-centered life. We strive to be a community that vigorously pursues intimacy with God. We’ll lay our lives down as a daily, living sacrifice of praise, magnifying God’s purposes and promoting his fame. (John 4:23)

Study—a transformed life. We strive to be a community that is immersed in and renewed by the vigorous study and application of Scripture to the culture that bombards it. We’ll reflect and think deeply for ourselves and refusing to be spoon-fed the pablum of media and advertising. (1 Timothy 2:15)

Work—a productive and creative life. We strive to be a community that does its share. A community that co-creates with God. We see value and meaning in all forms of work, whether manual or mental. We view work as an end in itself, something to be enjoyed, as part of our spiritual formation, and not just a means to an end. (Acts 20:34)

Service—a generous life. “Freely you have received, now freely give.” In a world that idolizes power, individualism, and pride, we’ll show Christ’s way of serving through practical acts of love. (Mark 10:45)

Hospitality—a welcoming life. We strive to be a community that recognizes the face of Christ in friends and strangers. We want room in our heart, schedule, and residence for guests—both invited and uninvited. (Matthew 25:35)

Justice—a socially active life. We strive to be a community that breaks the chains of oppression and injustice. In world full of injustice, we’ll work at a local, grassroots level for visible social change and be a voice for justice among the world’s oppressed. (Luke 4:18, 19)

Sabbath—a renewed life. We strive to be a community that takes time to stop doing and just be. We’ll embrace solitude and personal renewal, valuing time away to re-charge and re-align as Christ did. (Mark 1:35)

Celebration—a joy-filled life. We strive to be a community that knows how to party. We’ll take time to rejoice together and celebrate occasions both big and small. Whether a special accomplishment was earned by a child in the community, a holiday is being recognized, or just sharing a simple meal—we’ll celebrate and enter into the joy of God’s kingdom. (Philippians 4:4)

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