Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

Keith Nelson, SSJE grew up first in New Jersey, then in Alabama. He studied at Kenyon College and Harvard Divinity School. Prior to his arrival at SSJE in 2014, he worked in secondary and adult education, as well as in church administration. He was life professed in 2019, and has served the community as Assistant Superior, Novice Guardian, and director of the Monastic Internship Program. He enjoys drawing and painting, journaling, hiking, spending time with trees, and foraging (a new hobby!).

 

Learn more about Br. Keith's Catch the Life journey to monastic life >

Selection of Br. Keith's teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"

Repent

Repent is the very first word of Jesus’ public proclamation of his message. The most basic response to the new Life offered by Jesus is repentance. At its heart, repentance is not about guilt or fear, both of which stop us in our tracks. It is the recognition that we’ve gone the wrong way, and…

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Flesh

Let the Word become flesh through your flesh. God’s solidarity with the material universe in Christ embraces all matter, but especially the human person, who is a microcosm of that universe. You are essential, and your love is essential. Nothing less will do. -Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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Peace

The crucial work of social peace must join an on-the-ground commitment to interior peace, the kind that changes lives from the inside out. Countless civil disobedience movements have demonstrated the power of non-violent action, steeped in spiritual intention and grounded in a peace that no oppressor can give or take away. Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE…

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Selection of Br. Keith's writing

On Time in Navajoland

“So many realities require direct confrontation: the weight of such historic oppression, the ways the white Church has caused or colluded with it, so much suffering. In a place of such woundedness and so many ghosts, I confronted the question: What can I possibly do to help?”

In this heartfelt interview, Br. Keith Nelson shares some of the challenges and inspirations that he gleaned during his time in Navajoland.

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Prayer with Substance

“It is quite easy to heap up empty phrases. In such moments, what hope do we have? For me, it is the Lord’s Prayer.”

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Letter from the Deputy Superior – Advent 2022

“It is humbling to know and feel that we belong: that the threads of our being are woven into a fabric so much bigger than we can comprehend, and all for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.”

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