Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Inherited and New Monasticism, with Sister CJ, SSJD

Bishop Linda asked me to record this excellent presentation by Sister Constance Joanna (most of us call her "CJ") of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine about the history of Monasticism and how it relates to some new movements in the emerging church. SSJD is making some interesting adaptations, itself, to the changes in the church. If you are a woman who wishes to experience the monastic life without necessarily making a life-time commitment, check out their new Companions Program starting this fall. From the website:
The Sisters of Saint John the Divine invite women between the ages of 22 and 40 to explore an expression of new monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition. Companions will develop a rhythm of life including public and private prayer, engage in service to others, and learn to live in intentional community.... Room and board are provided, and most living expenses are covered by the Sisterhood. Companions, in turn, use their gifts to share in the work of ministry and have the same free time, retreat opportunities, and vacation as the Sisters. (source)

My spirituality has been greatly enriched by my relationship with a monastic community (The Order of the Holy Cross), and I commend it to anyone wishing to go deeper in faith and spirit.

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