My sabbatical studies began at The Simple Way – an intentional community of primarily young evangelical Christians living in Kensington, Pennsylvania who see themselves as part of a movement called, “the new monasticism.” The new monastics identify 12 marks of their distinctive identity. These are:
- Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire.
- Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us.
- Hospitality to the stranger.
- Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation.
- Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church.
- Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community along the lines of the old novitiate.
- Nurturing common life among members of intentional community.
- Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children.
- Geographical proximity to community members
who share a common rule of life.
- Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us
along with support of our local economies.
- Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18.
- Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.
I am still actively learning from and reflecting upon my time at The Simple Way. But now, my sabbatical journey continues with another community…