New Monasticism. What is it?

The first wave of what is commonly termed ‘new monasticism’ came as a response to the aftermath of the Second World War, when people had lost faith in the traditional forms of church, and were searching for new expressions of community that reflected a genuine faith.

Since then, there have been many forms of new monastic communities emerge all over the world, many within the traditional denominations and some totally independent.

...the restoration of the Church will only come with a new form 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. I think it’s high time people gathered together to do this.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945
Dynamic and erratic, spontaneous and radical; audacious and immature, committed if not altogether coherent; ecumenically open and often experimental; visible here and there, now and then, but unsettled institutionally.  Almost monastic in nature, but most of all enacting a fearful hope for human life in society.
— William Stringfellow, 1928-1985 (from ‘An ethic for Christians and other aliens in a strange land’)

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Further reading

Inspired by Reverend Ian Mosby’s talk at a conference at Lambeth Palace in October 2018. Ian is vicar of All Saints Peckham, London and has established a new monastic community practicing the principles of what he taught at the conference.

Read the notes here.