Friday night lecture- $25 in advance / $35 day of the event 6:30pm-8:30pm
Full Retreat (including Friday night)- $195.00 Held at Mepkin Abbey- 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd. Moncks Corner
New monasticism is a way of life, a commitment to bring what was normally practiced in monasteries into the heart of the world, using our contemplative lives to address the cries for justice and healing throughout the world.
It is also a call for solidarity in a diverse world racially, inter-religiously, contemplatively and prophetically. This "interspiritual" lens of new monasticism brings with it openness to the varied wisdom traditions of the world, including mystical and prophetic lineages. "Interspiritual" was coined by Brother Wayne Teasdale to name an emerging model of mystical life, one that is connected to social and ecological justice while being born through the sharing of "ultimate experiences" across religious and wisdom traditions. Interspiritual new monasticism works from this space to develop new forms of contemplative life while building collaborative constituencies for social transformation. The incarnation of the "beloved community" is the quintessential task for interspirituality and for new monasticism.
You will have a chance to discuss what your own new monastic practices might look like in dialogue with other participants, and we will reflect on what the "beloved community" is, and how we might begin working towards it. Martin Luther King, Jr., American philosopher Josiah Royce (who first spoke of the "beloved community") and the prophet-mystic Howard Thurman, a pioneering African-American spiritual teacher and mentor for the Civil Rights movement, will serve as guides for us as we explore how new monasticism can build upon their legacies.