Another form of “simple” church life is reflected by people who share life in community, within a community, to incarnate Jesus. It was great to see a USA Today article on these “new monastics:”
They are new monastics, dedicated to helping the poor, sharing resources and caring for creation. Known as Castanea, meaning chestnut tree in Latin, these young Christians are working to transform a run-down apartment complex into a place of reconciliation.
Castanea's members moved to Chestnut Hill, Tenn., in South Nashville two years ago, planning to live in close proximity to one another, fulfilling their vision of Christian community and helping others.
Read the entire article here.
You might also enjoy the book “Punk Monk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing” by Andy Freeman and Pete Greig.
As Andy Freeman explains in this book, Boiler Rooms are communities that are centered on a disciplined rhythm of prayer and committed to the outward and upward practices of creativity, hospitality, learning, mission and justice.