We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Palm Sunday

Apr 6, 2020

“The Liturgy of the Palms” in the Monastery Cloister Garden on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. Pictured: Br. Todd Blackham (Deacon), Br. Lucas Hall (Subdeacon), Br. Geoffrey Tristram (Presider), and Br. Jim Woodrum (Thurifer).

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The Weight of the Cross – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 5, 2020

“In the midst of this pandemic, isolation, anxiety, sickness, bereavement, have already weighed heavily on all of us. So how might we, on this Palm Sunday, prepare ourselves for this Holy Week, a Holy Week perhaps like no other we have ever experienced?”

On this Palm Sunday in the midst of pandemic, Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to be guided by our thirst and trust that God will meet us there.

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A Tender Balance – Br. Keith Nelson

Mar 29, 2020

“Who among us has not buried a Lazarus? Who among us is not burying a Lazarus, or weeping outside his tomb right now? Your Lazarus may be literal. You know someone who has died, or who is dying, or who is in grave danger of death if something does not happen soon.”

Br. Keith Nelson returns to the passage on Lazarus in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, looking for hope.

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Grace to calm our fears

Mar 27, 2020

My dear Friends, My Brothers and I have been deeply touched by the messages of concern and hope that so many of you have expressed since we made the difficult decision to close not only the Guesthouse, but also the Monastery Chapel for public worship, during this time of tremendous anxiety. Never before has a line from…

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Temptation

Mar 27, 2020

We’re happy to share a recent piece by Br. Jim Woodrum on “The Monastic Discipline of Temptation,” which was recently published in the online magazine Earth & Altar. We hope this might invite you to re-embrace your intentions for this Lenten season in a meaningful way.

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Repentance Podcast

Mar 27, 2020

Earlier this month, Br. David Vryhof was pleased to be a guest on the “Red Church Door” podcast, talking about God’s invitation to repentance. Follow the link to listen to the full episode.

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God’s Word is Not a Weapon – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Mar 26, 2020

“We use the Bible as a weapon whenever we insist on our own interpretation or meaning-making, even if another person’s experience of the text or teaching, different than ours, bears the fruit of Christ’s Love in their heart.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to adopt a hermeneutics of trust not just for the bible, but for the Word of God present in all creation

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Blessed Among Women – Br. Sean Glenn

Mar 25, 2020

“Mary is not merely a type; not merely a model of an unattainable gentleness or meekness; not some kind of surrogate for figures Venus, Brigid, or Minerva; and certainly not queen of some distant heaven. For Mary is a woman. A flesh, blood, and soul woman. A woman caught, as are we, within the same messy, ill-defined workings of a sin-sick world.”

Br. Sean Glenn invites us to encounter Mary afresh, in her humanity.

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Signs of Life: Shelter

Mar 24, 2020

If you are following our Signs of Life series, this is a quick reminder that Becky and Br. Jim will share a further conversation on Shelter this evening at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST.Shelter is even more timely sign right now as our closed churches might not seem to be the shared places of refuge and celebration…

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Clothing of a Novice

Mar 19, 2020

The Community was delighted to celebrate the clothing of Br. Todd Blackham on Sunday, March 15.

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