We invite you to explore the Fall 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Answering God’s Call. We hope that, in these pages, you will discover an underlying wisdom which you can adopt as you make your own prudent and wise decisions in the uncertain, challenging days and months ahead.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles, or download a PDF.

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Cowley Magazine - Fall 2020

We invite you to explore the Fall 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Answering God's Call. We hope that, in these pages, you will discover an underlying wisdom which you can adopt as you make your own prudent and wise decisions in the uncertain, challenging days and months ahead.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles below, or download a PDF.

Why Monks Matter

By Br. James Koester

Br. James Koester & Br. Jim Woodrum trace the essential outlines of the monastic life and suggest how these principles can help the rest of us – beyond the Monastery – to live lives of love, purpose, and meaning.

What Is God’s Call?

By Br. Lucas Hall

When we feel paralyzed, when we feel impotent, when we feel stuck, what is God’s call to us?

Making Meaning

By Br. Curtis Almquist

Meaning-making happens in the context of life as it is – not as it was, or could be, or as we may think it should be, but in life as it is.

The Call of Christ in Our Time: Guidance for Christian Leaders

By Br. David Vryhof

We need God and other people to reveal to us the invitation or opportunity embedded in each of today’s stark challenges.

Swimming in Meaning, Rooted in God: A conversation about vocation with Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson

I had a really wonderful day with God in this community yesterday; let’s do it again today.

We invite your prayers for our Brother, Sean Robert Glenn, who will make his Initial Profession of Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist on Saturday, 19 September at 11:00am (EDT). We hope that you’ll be able to join us online for the service, which will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. (You do not need a Facebook account to tune in. At 11am (EDT) on Saturday, simply navigate to the page and click on the “Videos” tab.) We’re delighted to share with you in this significant milestone in Sean’s vocation and in our community life. Join us athttps://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSSJE/

We are delighted to resume streaming our office of Evening Prayer, offered live on our Facebook page. Join us online Tuesday – Saturday at 6pm (EDT) and Sunday at 4pm (EDT). You don’t need a Facebook account to tune in. We are delighted to share virtually with you in our daily round of prayer.

Renewing Our Foundations: Cowley Magazine - Summer 2020

We invite you to explore the Summer 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Renewing Our Foundations. We Brothers want to share a few of the realizations – lessons and challenges – that have come out of this past year of reflection together. We hope that some of what we’ve gleaned from this year will prove helpful to you as you tackle continuity and change within your own communities, large and small.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles below, or download a PDF.

A Spiritual Communion

By Br. James Koester

The ancient tradition of the Church reminds us that when it is impossible to be present at a celebration of the Eucharist, and to receive Holy Communion, the desire to be united to Christ in the Sacrament is enough for God to grant all the spiritual benefits of Communion. What follows is a way for individuals, or small groups to open themselves up to the graces of Holy Communion and the blessing of God.

Lifelong Formation

By Br. Jonathan Maury

Our brotherhood – as a particular manifestation of the body of Christ – is not static but continuously adapting, renewing, and affirming the charism given our predecessors.

Looking Back to Look Forward

By Br. James Koester

We need to know our histories; to drink deeply enough that we are refreshed, but not so deeply as to become bloated and unable to move.

Taking Risks

By Br. David Vryhof

What risks do we need to take to be faithful to God’s call in our own time?

Our Being “Men of the Moment”

By Br. Curtis Almquist

Far from being the traditional imitators of bygone days, we are to be “men of the present moment and its life.” What does the present moment invite?

Monastic Renewal

By Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Will we as a society discover a new strength and collective vision for the future?

Using a Facilitator

By Br. Luke Ditewig

Listening is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves and to others.

The Quest for Intimacy

By Br. Jim Woodrum

Even though we have taken a vow of celibacy, we recognize our own need for intimacy.

A Prophetic Voice from the Margins

By Br. Nicholas Bartoli

A prophetic voice can be seen as both calling from the wilderness or the margins, and calling us to the margins.

Histories of Transmission

By Br. Keith Nelson

Each generation must interpret the tradition so that it speaks a living Word.

Community and Chaos

By Br. Lucas Hall

In this process of discussion, I am learning how to love without agreement.

Communities as Storied Places

By Br. Sean Glenn

The unique threads of our individual lives begin to weave a compelling tapestry as we find our varied strands used by God to fashion a work of art and life larger than our individual lives could show forth. 

Learning to Live in Community

By Br. Jack Crowley

I listened, I watched, I tried to help out when I could, but above all else I learned.

Meeting the “In-Laws”

By Br. Todd Blackham

It’s worthwhile to step back from time to time and revisit those things that have shaped our lives in Christ.

Renewing Our Foundations: Cowley Summer 2020

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Renewing Our Foundations: Cowley Magazine – Summer 2020 We invite you to explore the Summer 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Renewing Our Foundations. We Brothers want to share a few of the realizations – lessons and challenges – that have come out of this past year of reflection together.…

This weekend we Brothers celebrated with joy the Ordination of our Br. Luke Ditewig to the Transitional Diaconate. We thank you for upholding Luke in your prayers as he grows into this new role in his ministry among us.

God’s invitation remains the same: Just rest. It’s so simple and so transformative. The radical practice of rest can help us to recognize in ourselves the very patterns of effort that consume our energy and our lives. It can help us to let go of these useless strategies and this relentless striving. Rest takes us to the lip of the well, and helps us to fall into God’s generous grace.

At this time when our lives are upended, consider reclaiming “rest” as an essential practice. Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to fall into God’s generous grace >

 

Following up on last week’s suggestion for how we can experience the gifts of retreat at home, today we want to share some practical suggestions for how to cooperate with God in planning retreat time. (Less is more.) We hope these suggestions will set the stage, so that you can receive God’s gift of love in a time of retreat, even a retreat-in-place. Read more >.