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SSJE in The Way of Love

Presiding Bishop Curry recently invited the whole Church to take up what he calls “The Way of Love,” a series of practices that will help people to live Jesus-centered lives. “How can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives,” Bishop Curry asks, “so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?” His answer might not surprise Friends of SSJE. The answer is no less than keeping a Rule of Life!

“The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” . . .  The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”

Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest.

SSJE is delighted to make an appearance in the promotional video for “The Way of Love,” which you can watch below. We hope you’ll check out this wonderful program.

Resilience: Kolbe Times

We’re delighted to share the republication of one of Br. Curtis’ pieces in Kolbe Timespublished out of Calgary, Canada. The most recent issue takes up the timely, necessary theme of resilience. The Kolbe Times website and e-publication were founded by a group of Third Order Franciscans, with a focus on the intersection of art, faith, and social justice. “Our hope from the start has been to create a meeting place that sparks collaborative action and spiritual renewal, by giving voice to artists, thinkers and social innovators.” Read the new issue here.

Welcome Monastic Immersion Interns!

Each autumn, our community welcomes a small group of young men and women to live alongside our community as monastic interns for a period of nine months. They participate fully in our daily rhythm of prayer and worship and receive formation and guidance as they discern the shape of their Christian vocation. The gifts they bring – personal talents, diverse perspectives, burning questions, unique passions, and gifts of the Holy Spirit – enrich our life together immeasurably. Their hard work alongside us, day by day, also helps make our ministry possible. We are delighted to welcome Betsy Noecker, Jimmy Pickett, and Lina Palmer as our Monastic Immersion Interns this year. Learn more about the Monastic Immersion program >

Enclosure: New Monastic Wisdom Monthly

All of us have parts of our lives that need protection for the simple reason that they are precious. We fence in our gardens, to keep them safe from predators, but what about our innermost goals, devotions, and relationships? Br. James Koester invites us to take up the essential monastic practice of enclosure: setting up intentional boundaries on our space and time. Through enclosure, we can foster those most precious qualities, relationships, and experiences, which the demands of life would otherwise devour.

Click through to explore the topic of enclosure through James’ reflection, quotes to ponder, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources >

Merrimack Disaster Relief

Please consider making a donation to the Diocese of Massachusetts for the diocesan disaster relief fund, to assist the communities of the Merrimack Valley, following last week’s explosions and fires. Donations marked Merrimack Disaster Relief can be sent to Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.

Hospitality: New Issue of Monastic Wisdom Monthly

Have you checked out the August issue of Monastic Wisdom Monthly on Hospitality? One friend writes in, “Thank you so much for these well-expressed insights, these universal Truths that I want to share with others, whether Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or not.”

The practice of hospitality has never seemed more essential. In our moment in western culture, we assume self-sufficiency. Yet in the desert of contemporary life we are all wayfarers, dependant on the generosity of strangers for survival. None of us can make it alone. Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to the practice of hospitality, which is not simply about sharing meals or shelter, but about receiving and offering sustenance of a much deeper kind. 

We invite you to explore the topic of hospitality through Luke’s reflection, quotes to ponder, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources. Read more here >

Emery House Wells

About 35 years ago the SSJE Brothers gave the town of West Newbury permission to draw the town’s drinking water from wells on our Emery House property as a gift from the Brothers. A fresh sign has just been posted by the town.

Schedule Change: 10-11 July

The next retreat day for the Community will be on Wednesday, 11 July. On our retreat days the liturgical schedule is abbreviated. We do not pray Compline publicly the night before (10 July), and nor do pray Morning Prayer or Compline publicly on the retreat day itself. However we do celebrate the Eucharist and pray Evensong as normal (at 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM respectively).