Monastic moments revolve around a way of life that is often called a rule. Urban Monasticism is no different. The difference is in some of the details that we express our commitment to Christ.
As we are still in development there is not yet a way to publicly commit oneself. If you would like to help in developing our commitment please reach out to us.
The Commitment in Brief
- Love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
- Accept Gods sufficient Grace as an invitation to grow.
- Pursue closeness with God through a life of prayer.
- Begin and Conclude every day in prayer.
- Love Fasting
- Follow daily, weekly, monthly, and annual rhythms.
- Live a simple life.
- Restrain and restrict our consumption.
- Reflect in your whole life (hidden and seen) the fruit of the Spirit, and lacking the deadly sins.
- Dress appropriately for your work or situation.
- Take care of yourself spiritually, physically, and mentally.
- Vocation is spiritual work and to provide for your needs.
- Love your neighbors as yourself.
- Live life with an urban rhythm.
- Live among the people God has placed you with.
- Engage with society to help build a better future for your city.
- Be generous, be gracious with everyone, and forgive quickly.
- Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.
- Commit to a life of Spiritual Practices.
- Dedicate a portion of your living space to nature.
- Seek retreat with God once a year.
- Be skeptical of money and power and those who have them.
- Open to all people, single or married. If married your spouse does not need to participate.
Love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
We begin with the greatest commandment, to love God. This is a journey which will take longer than our lives, but we choose this journey every day with the strength and breath we have. We desire a deep and growing love of God. Building and defending that desire in our hearts. Saying that is our desire is easy. Yet, hard work is required for us to maintain a deep and growing love of God. This is the cornerstone of our commitment.
Pursue closeness with God through a life of prayer.
A rich cultivated prayer life is essential to transformation of ourselves, our neighbors, our cities, and creation. All that we see, feel, smell, breath, hear, and know will fade and crumble to nothing. God himself alone is eternal. To know God is to spend time in prayer. A life of deep and growing love of God must therefore be a life of regular prayer. There are many approaches to prayer, but we will never master prayer or outgrow our need for it in our lives.
Begin and Conclude every day in prayer.
Each day starts anew. We must therefore prioritize God in our first moments…..
We should fast one day a week, with an extended fast each season of the year….
Follow daily, weekly, monthly, and annual rhythms.
Prayer, work, reading spiritual texts, rest, fasting, mourning, and celebration….
Live a simple life.
We have each already been given more than we deserve. Living a simple like calls us to choose to do with less then we may be able to afford. To be grateful that God has allowed us to have more than we need. We should not disregard pleasures and blessings, but should do so in moderation. In place of a commitment of poverty we are challenged to live a simple life.
This is not simply a call to have less (which it is). It is the need to cultivate a spirit of gratitude in us for what we have. To resist the desires for more in life.
Restrain and restrict our consumption.
Live life with an urban rhythm.
At our essence Urban Monasticism is a pattern and way of life we seek to discover and live together. Our ways of life adapt to the density and style of living in our context. We seek to live a way of life in the midst of the chaos of the city. The boundaries of the city serve as the walls of our monastery. These rhythms include living in a city dense with people, walking and public transit as primary ways of movement, and living in dense housing (both our dwelling, and around us). Not living in an urban context would change the context of your life enough to be beyond some core aspects of what we are. You can participate, but cannot be an urban monastic.