Monday, April 02, 2007

April Cohort Gathering

On Tuesday, April 10th we will be gathering at 7:00pm with the folks at Cherith Brook, a new monastic, intentional community.

We will gather at their community house and storefront at 3308 E 12th St. (one and a half blocks east of Benton).

You can check out this blog post about Cherith Brook on the Christian Century Blog.

What is Cherith Brook?
Cherith Brook is a residential Christian Community committed to sharing table fellowship with strangers and all our resources with one another. We have found our inspiration from the early church, the Church of the Saviour and the Catholic Worker.

Mercy - Our daily lives are structured around practicing the works of mercy as found in Jesus' teachings. We are committed to regularly feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, visiting the prisoner and the sick in the name of Jesus.

Peacemaking - As followers of Jesus we understand our lives to be centered in God's Shalom. Cherith Brook strives to be a "school" for peacemaking in all its dimensions: political, communal and personal, working constantly to undo poverty, racism and militarism.

All of these can be summed up as the Struggle to connect with the God of life. We pray that Cherith Brook be a space where all of us - the broken- can come to learn and relearn the ways of Jesus; a place to struggle together for God's call of love, mercy, peace and justice.

You can also check out some of these links
New Monasticism website
Christian Century article - the new monastics
Seattle Times article "Christian communities try "whole-life faith"
Christianity Today article "The New Monasticism" - need to be a member to read
Scot McKight even had a blog post talking about this.

Let me know if you need any additional information - and we hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events in April

Brian McLaren will be in town for two days this month.
April 10th - At Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7:00pm, and will be leading a presentation titled "The On-Ramp to the Postmodern Conversation".

April 11 - Brian will be at St. Paul's School of Theology at 11:00am in the Kresge Chapel.

Then on April 20 & 21 Marcus Borg will be at Village Presbyterian Church leading a conversation about "Intentional Christianity: Sharing God's Dream"