New Monasticism and the Monastic Intrigue of Modern America

27173715_1612934502105056_3105176260351799044_oThis is happening tonight at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. It looks awesome, and a cool way to see how we’re part of a larger movement!

Over the past few decades, demands for silent retreats, visitations at monasteries, and experiments in communal living have not only spiked across America, but are increasingly being described as “monastic pursuits.” This talk—through a focus on the growing movement of “new monastics,” or groups of mostly Protestant Christians who commit to living lives inspired by the earliest Christian monks—will consider why monasticism, or activities perceived as monastic, are so popular right now.

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