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How does a RULE or WAY FOR LIVING help me in my own spiritual journey?

Our Little Way is less of a Rule or set of instructions, but more of an encouragement towards an orientation, an attitude, a condition of our hearts and minds.

How do I JOIN the Bethany Community?

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what role do monasteries have in understanding the bethany community?

St Benedict in his Rule has many regulations for how a community should live; he regulates times of prayers, the manner of formal and private prayer, work, food, clothing, the various officials in the monastery and the interaction of the monk with others, both inside and outside as well as tools of good works, those things necessary to climb the ladder of humility..

Why monasticism?

Monasticism seemed to emerge from within the deserts of the near-East during the 4th Century. Set against a backdrop of social, theological and spiritual unrest, it drove men and women to leave the familiar setting of the city and embrace the unfamiliar world of the desert in order to renew their relationship with God. This new world of the desert required a new way for living, a new scaffold from which to grow towards God, self and neighbour. This scaffold is still present within the institution of monasticism, a balance of work, study, prayer, hospitality and monastic leisure and Christians are now turning to this spiritual scaffold to support life in everyday Christian living.   

Why new/lay monasticism?

Whilst many Christians don’t feel the call to enter a monastery, abbey or convent, we continue to witness a large number of people who are embracing monastic practice and spirituality as a scaffold to support everyday Christian living. This phenomenon has manifest itself through many terms, some of these include new, domestic, lay and worldly monasticism and the groups associated with this phenomenon also vary in charism and context.