FOUR fresh-faced former members of the Community of St Anselm sit around cups of tea and a plate of biscuits in true Anglican fashion: we might be about to conduct a Bible study. Philip, who was born in England and raised as an Anglican in Brussels, came to St Anselm as a full-time resident, straight after university, in its foundation year. We are sitting in a kitchen in one of the converted flats at the back of the Palace where residents of the community live together — not quite for a year, but for ten months. Philip and his fellow former members have returned to the Palace for a week-long retreat: a reunion of sorts. This includes non-residents, such as Laura, who kept a full-time job at a university in London while being a member. Explaining this commitment to others was difficult, Henry, a non-resident from the intake, says. He is Swedish, a Lutheran, and worked in the City.
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New Monasticism is a diverse movement, not limited to a specific religious denomination or church and including varying expressions of contemplative life. These include evangelical Christian communities such as " Simple Way Community " and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove 's "Rutba House," European and Irish new monastic communities, such as that formed by Bernadette Flanagnal, spiritual communities such as the "Community of the New Monastic Way" founded by feminist contemplative theologian Beverly Lanzetta, and "interspiritual" new monasticism, such as that developed by Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko. These communities expand upon traditional monastic wisdom, translating it into forms that can be lived out in contemporary lives "in the world. The origin of the new monastic movement is difficult to pinpoint. Some communities now identified with new monasticism have been in existence since the s and 80s in the UK.
Monasticism , an institutionalized religious practice or movement whose members attempt to live by a rule that requires works that go beyond those of either the laity or the ordinary spiritual leaders of their religions. Commonly celibate and universally ascetic , the monastic individual separates himself or herself from society either by living as a hermit or anchorite religious recluse or by joining a community coenobium of others who profess similar intentions. First applied to Christian groups in antiquity, the term monasticism is now used to denote similar, though not identical, practices in religions such as Buddhism , Hinduism , Jainism , and Daoism. The term monasticism implies celibacy , or living alone in the sense of lacking a spouse, which became a socially and historically crucial feature of the monastic life. Even this aspect of monasticism does not extend beyond the cultures and languages that perpetuate the religious terminology of the so-called Abrahamic tracing their origin to the biblical figure Abraham or prophetic religions of Judaism , Christianity , and Islam.
The "idea of monasticism" invites a misconception, because monasticism is not an idea but a practice. It is a discipline of life, encapsulated in a vow to obey a rule. Monasticism is not a theory about the good life, and still less an escape from practicality, but rather a commitment to live according to a rule handed down from a founder. In its classical Western form deriving from St. Benedict c.