Community is an important gift that Benedictines give to the world. Until recently, monastic community only existed when strangers came to monasteries to seek God and, through years of shared life, created stable community. But today we also exist in virtual worlds. Is community possible there? How do strangers who belong to a virtual, online monastery seek God in community?
This three-week eCourse will explore why community is integral to Christian, and therefore, monastic life. We will ground our reflections in Scripture, the Rule of Benedict and selections from feminist and creation theologies and spiritualities. What is essential to the living of community? What does community demand of me? What does it give me? And what does God have to do with it?
In addition to posted course readings, reflection questions and prompts, each week we will host a one-hour video conference for all participants so that we can learn from others' experiences of community and seeking God. We will use the Zoom© platform — you'll need to know how to use it (the free version is sufficient) — and have a good Internet connection to participate in the conferences.
This is a three-week eCourse that runs July 8-26. You will have access to this eCourse for six months after the course concludes.
Seeking God in Community
will be facilitated by Linda Romey, OSB,
Monasteries of the Heart staff member
and Katie Gordon,
Nuns & Nones national organizer