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.

Revelation and the Mystery of Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 10, 2022

“There is more than meets the eye in everyone. And so our posture in life toward others should surely include the humility that we do not know them as God knows them, that God is at work in them as much as God is at work in us, please, that God is not in a rush, and that none of us is a mystery to God, who so loves the world.”

In the surprising witness of Arctic missionary Edmund James Peck, Br. Curtis Almquist finds a universal reminder to honor the mystery present in the heart of each one of us.

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Creation Season at SSJE

Sep 9, 2022

On September 1, we entered the Season of Creation. Learn more about Creation Season, our practices for keeping the Season at the Monastery, and how you might pray this Season at home.

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Ministry at Emery House

Sep 9, 2022

We are excited to announce that, after several years of prayerful discernment, the community has made the decision to revive our ministry at Emery House. As a first step in that process, a small group of brothers will re-establish a residential community there in January. We anticipate opening our guest ministry at Emery House sometime…

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The Holy Particular – Br. Keith Nelson

Sep 8, 2022

“A birthday is a humble but beautiful occasion to cherish the particularity of a person – all the things that make them adorable to us and to God – and a person’s universal membership in the family of all creation, all creatures who have come forth from God, lived a finite mortal existence, and returned to the heart of the Creator. Each of us is an irreplicable instance of divine creativity and love.”

On the Feast of Mary of Nazareth, Br. Keith Nelson celebrates the essential gift of being, as it is expressed in the particular places, people, and beings around us.

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The Work of God – Br. Sean Glenn

Sep 6, 2022

“Find a place in your own community, wherever that might be, to undertake something like this Work of God—a space place where you can bump up against the will and intentions of those with whom you work or live or love. A place where you can learn with your neighbor to let go of the reflexive need to be right, to be justified, to have the scales set right.”

Br. Sean Glenn finds a fundamental answer to our human need to be “right” in the unexpected context of the monastic choir.

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Pray for All Creation – Br. Luke Ditewig

Sep 4, 2022

“Listen. What is the message from creation that surrounds us? What is God saying through the soil, sprouts, springs, and sparrows? What is God saying through poor and neglected places and peoples? We are invited to listen.”

As we enter the Season of Creation, Br. Luke Ditewig urges us to listen to the voice of creation, and to pray outside.

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Help and Hope in Unwelcomed Silence – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 31, 2022

“Our life’s invitation is to learn to “be silence” so we have space to receive the work and words of God. It is a good thing to cultivate stillness and silence within ourselves.”

Br. Curtis Almquist finds hope in a line from the Psalms, reminding us that our emptiness is actually openness to God.

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The Cost of Speaking Up – Br. David Vryhof

Aug 30, 2022

“How might God be calling you today to be courageous in speaking the truth when you recognize injustice, when you see through the lies and deceptions of the powerful, when you perceive their hypocrisy and deceit? How might God be calling you to speak up when you recognize racism, misogyny, xenophobia or other forms of discrimination? Silence empowers the oppressors.  Be bold.  Speak truth.  And never give up.”

Br. David Vryhof looks to the witness of John the Baptizer for the courage to speak truth to power, whatever the consequences.

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Chapel Reopening: Join us for Worship!

Aug 27, 2022

Our daily round of worship will once more be open to the public beginning this Saturday August 27 at First Evensong. We hope you’ll join us!

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Impressive Foolishness – Br. Jim Woodrum

Aug 26, 2022

“To meet Jesus in the moment and follow him through Good Friday and into Easter Sunday, is to be ready for the journey when he calls—to say yes to the one who has assessed the risk, climbed the route, who knows the steps and moves, and will guide us to perfect freedom from the fear of death into the safety and glory of the mountain top.”

Br. Jim Woodrum identifies preparation as the key that separates wisdom from foolishness as we encounter risk.

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