Benedictine Spirituality and the Community of Hope

On April 20 I had the privilege of speaking to the Southeast Regional Conference of the Community of Hope International, an ecumenical organization of Christians whose mission is "to create and sustain Christian communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers around the world." Their mission statement goes on to say, "We are united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries." I was invited to speak on the Benedictine tradition and how … [Read more...]

Saturday with St. Benedict (and me)

If you're in Atlanta and looking for something to do tomorrow, why not come out to the Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland, for the inaugural meeting of "Saturdays with Saint Benedict" — a bi-weekly group exploring Benedictine spirituality and its relevance to young adults today, co-sponsored by the Church of Our Saviour's 20s & 30s group, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Young Adults group. The morning kicks off at 10:00 AM with the Eucharist, followed by a gathering at which I … [Read more...]

Meg Funk

One of the most respected of contemporary Benedictine spiritual writers is Mary Margaret (Meg) Funk, OSB. Her books include Thoughts Matter: The Practice of the Spiritual Life and Tools Matter for Practicing the Spiritual Life. She writes not only about Benedictine spirituality and contemplative practice, but also about interreligious dialogue, a pursuit she has been deeply involved in for some time now. I've just learned of her blog, which looks to contain all sorts of interesting entries. … [Read more...]

Monk Habits for Everyday People

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants By Dennis Okholm Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanOkay, so this book has a lame title. But the point of the book is neatly encapsulated in its subtitle: here is an introduction to the spirituality of St. Benedictine, written by a Presbyterian theologian who has a background in both Pentecostalism and the Baptist community. In other words, this isn't some sort of Anglican "we're just like … [Read more...]


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