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.

God’s Life is Still In Us – Br. Keith Nelson

Sep 26, 2020

“It is Paul’s moments of utter vulnerability that I most cherish, the sure signs of God’s strength made perfect in Paul’s weakness that point to the immensity of God’s longsuffering Love. The vulnerable Paul reminds me of the vulnerable me.”

Br. Keith Nelson reaches through the longing and the lack of our current moment, to find blessing even in the vulnerability of our connections to one another.

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You Have Been Given Power – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 19, 2020

“Christianity without power is like a country club for nice manners and good taste. Christianity is about engaging the powers and the powerful needs of this world with the force and provision of God.”

Br. Curtis Almquist urges us to to know, to pray for, and to mediate the power of God.

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Sacred Geometry – Br. James Koester

Sep 19, 2020

“Sean, the circle of your Brothers here has been waiting patiently for you for a long time, ignoring your doubts, your past, your arguments, your objections, we have been holding open for you a place in the circle of this community. All you need to do is walk into it and take your place.”

Br. James Koester welcomes Br. Sean Glenn into the circle of his Brothers’ love on the joyful occasion of Sean’s Profession in Initial Vows.

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Look at the Cross – Br. Luke Ditewig

Sep 15, 2020

“Look at the cross, and pray with Jesus. Pray with what you see and need today.”

On Holy Cross Day, Br. Luke Ditewig assures there is meaning here for each of us, if we will but look at the cross.

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Forgiveness and the Glory of God – Br. Jim Woodrum

Sep 13, 2020

“ The essence of God is not vengeance, but rather justice. When we think of justice, we are tempted to think in terms of retribution for a crime committed. However, justice is more comprehensive in that it also involves restoration.”

Br. Jim Woodrum marvels at how forgiveness reveals to us not only God’s essential nature, but also our own as creatures made in God’s image and likeness.

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Abide with Me – Br. Luke Ditewig

Sep 12, 2020

“As winds blow, fires rage, and storms churn around and within, pray your heart, including your fear. Listen for God who is here in the midst providing, especially providing God’s own self.”

In the midst of such fearful scenes as surround us, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to pray our pain and to listen for God’s comforting response.

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Growing Together – Br. Todd Blackham

Sep 12, 2020

“In the spiritual dance that draws us into God’s love, we take steps forward and back. Sometimes one of our branches may be yielding good fruit while another is withered and spent as it drifts away from the true vine.”

Br. Todd Blackham invites us to consider how our growth relates to that of our neighbors, and how God’s careful pruning hand tends to us all together.

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Fall Cowley: Answering God’s Call

Sep 11, 2020

We invite you to explore the Fall 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Answering God’s Call.

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Seeing Clearly – Br. James Koester

Sep 11, 2020

“To be clearsighted about ourselves, is to be aware of our own shortcomings, limitations, and challenges. But it also means to be aware of our own gifts and talents. Real humility is not about humiliation. Rather it is about knowing ourselves as God knows us: imperfect creatures, whom God loves.”

Br. James Koester invites us to see ourselves as God sees us.

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Initial Profession Sean Glenn

Sep 11, 2020

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…

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