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Reflecting on the Internship Experience – Seth Woody

In September 2012 to June 2013, three exceptional young men took part in the Monastic Internship Program, living, worshipping, and working alongside the community for nine months. We asked them to reflect on what they would take away from the experience. The monastic daily schedule is the antithesis of undergraduate college living. Like most people after…

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Reflecting on the Internship Experience – Waylon Whitley

In September 2012 to June 2013, three exceptional young men took part in the Monastic Internship Program, living, worshipping, and working alongside the community for nine months. We asked them to reflect on what they would take away from the experience. One of the real beauties of this year for me has been being seen, really…

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Reflecting on the Internship Experience: Andrew Sinnes

In September 2012 to June 2013, three exceptional young men took part in the Monastic Internship Program, living, worshipping, and working alongside the community for nine months. We asked them to reflect on what they would take away from the experience. Coming to the Monastery I had this idea that it was going to be rapturous…

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Letter from the Fellowship: Natalie Finstad

In August of 2010 I packed my life into three suitcases, left my internship with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and moved to Nairobi, Kenya. During twenty-seven hours of plane travel, my world turned upside down. I traded the groomed cobblestone roads of Cambridge for poorly paved roads wandered by a population ailing from 45%…

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Hope Amidst Bones – Seth Woody

Seth Woody, one of this year’s Monastic Interns, reflects on Psalm 126, asks the question “Where is God in this?” in the context of his trip to Rwanda. He reflects on life as a pilgrimage, which includes the shedding of tears, as well as the joy and the hope of Christ’s reconciling love, as shown in the Resurrection.

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Why SSJE? – Desta Lissanu

“More than anything, the Monastery represents a respite from the stressful atmosphere my peers and I navigate every day. Over the past year, I have encouraged many of my friends to attend the Monastery. I tell them how the space cultivated by the Brothers is a wonderful one of quiet, contemplation, and peace, a far…

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Letter from the Fellowship: Henry Courtney

“Anyone who tries self-sufficiency in the spiritual life falls prey to illusion.”  This sentence in Chapter 30 of the SSJE Rule of Life both invited and guided me in the construction of my personal rule.  I knew that I needed and wanted observations, perceptions, and self-awareness.  Being a guest at the Monastery and having visits…

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Letter from the Fellowship: Gerone Lockhart

At the moment, my life seems to be in a sort of liminal space, marked by an internal disquiet that promises either change or despair.  What I can say about my experience of keeping a rule is this: the experience of keeping a rule, but more importantly the experience of knowing SSJE as they keep…

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Letter from the Fellowship: Christine Niles

The SSJE Monastery has long been a part of my landscape – mysterious, intriguing, and intimidating. As a teenage spiritual-seeker, I passed by on my way to Harvard Square to listen to the chanting Hare Krishnas, sign petitions for social justice, give to the homeless, and buy books on Buddhism and Beatniks. The Monastery only…

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Letter from the Fellowship: Charlie Nichols

At the Festival Eucharist of Saint John’s Day, on May 5, we welcomed five new members into the Fellowship of Saint John. Here those newest members share reflections on keeping a rule of life and being a member of the Fellowship. In the fall of 2009 I came to a deepened experience of who the…

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Why SSJE: Charles Taliaferro

To have within the church’s communion a community like SSJE, dedicated to prayer for the whole world, is an overwhelmingly powerful witness. As I’ve tried to live a sacramental life, a life that really is governed and informed by the ongoing reality of the incarnation, I’ve depended on the sustained witness of the Society in…

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Why SSJE: Dr. Henry R. Carse

In Jerusalem, where Israeli and Palestinian aspirations for justice are still colliding violently, peace is a fragile dream. It is often invoked in nostalgic folk songs, but is practiced only rarely in real life. Heartfelt thanks are due to the SSJE community for supporting the courageous Jewish, Christian and Muslim children and their families of…

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Why SSJE: Deacon Carol Kraft

A number of years ago during an August retreat I noticed that the courtyard was covered with sheddings from the large sycamore trees along the parkway. Those many-shaped layers of bark reminded me of the layers that I shed during the deep, palpable silence of my time of quiet there. Heaviness fades as I remember…

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Why SSJE: Carol Bass

The warmth of this place—you can feel the presence of the Almighty God when you come in here. Whatever burden was on your shoulder when you come in, it goes. The lay community needs to see a place like this at all times, if you don’t even go in, just to go past it and…

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Why SSJE: Emily and Bruce Johnson

May all who enter the community of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, whether for an hour or for a lifetime, discover Christ there. May they be amazed at the Love they encounter in the life of the community. May the community be anointed with wisdom to know the will of God and courage…

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Why SSJE: Rev. Canon Joseph Asselin

My discovery of the SSJE Monastery has been one of the most important blessings of my life and ministry. My visits on retreat, the counsel and care of the brothers in direction and my time in worship in the chapel have rooted me in Christ’s abiding love. My retreats so nourish and strengthen me that…

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Why SSJE: Anne Jernberg

As Christians, the only way we live and feel our faith is through other people. We sense Christ through how other people are “the hands and feet” of Christ to us. The brothers are certainly the hands and feet and mind and soul of Christ to so many people in Cambridge. You see them working,…

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Why SSJE: Anne Shelburne Jones

I come for worship. For the transparent, broken, shimmering promise of every liturgy, every hour of prayer…for time to look at God. Anne Shelburne Jones – Bloomington, Indiana _______________________________________________________________________________ Powerful sermon? Important moment? Experience of prayer? A good retreat? Tell us and other friends about your experiences at SSJE. Share your story here.

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