The challenge of new monasticism by Simon Cross
In this challenging and informative book, Simon Cross sets out some of the context for the concepts of monasticism and ‘religious life’, and explores how some groups in the UK today are imitating the monastic and religious traditions. Here, Simon shows us communities and groups which all, in widely different ways, live as new monastics; they may be on farms, or on a council estate; they may be living together, or widely dispersed, they may be of one church, or from a variety of denominations, they may have banded together around a cause, or for the single purpose of seeking God.
However they choose to live these dynamic new monastics are carrying on the tradition of their forebears, in a way fitting for the twenty-first century.
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Against the prevailing Western models, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce, presented here are five “signs of life,” showcased by a network of movements best known by many as “new friars.”
· Jose Penate-Aceves, Darren Prince and John B. Hayes of InnerCHANGE
· Phileena Heuertz, David Chronic and Christopher Heuertz of Word Made Flesh
· Derek Engdahl and Jean-Luc Krieg of Servant Partners
· Craig and Nayhouy Greenfield of Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor
· Ash Barker of Urban Neighbours of Hope.
God’s kingdom in the hands of the people of God, the contributors show us, is first and foremost incarnational, which leads necessarily to gospel witness that is devotional, communal, missional and marginal. With a survey of the history of new friar movements and commentary by forerunner Viv Grigg, this seminal book paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path.