Incarnational, new monastic Christian community forming in Victoria, BC
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road?” – Luke 24:32a
Might you be called to live a life that is marked with greater simplicity, deeper rhythms of prayer and contemplation, shared living with others, and compassion and companionship with your neighbours?
We believe that an exciting movement of the Spirit is happening! Small clusters of Christians are intentionally coming together to ‘incarnate’ (move) into a neighbourhood to care for each other, for all those whom they meet along the way – and for the earth on which they walk.
Some have called this movement new monasticism. New monastics take some cues from traditional monastics such as living in close geographic proximity to each other, praying together daily, settling-into and caring for a place and its people, aligning themselves with those regarded as ‘poor’ or ‘marginalized’, and developing a ‘rule’ or ‘rhythm’ of life that acts as a basic guideline for their common life as they seek to follow Christ together.
Though we are just in our infancy, our vision and prayer is that Emmaus Community will be an intergenerational space of daily prayer, simpler living, radical hospitality, creation care, deep relationships, learning, creativity and art, scripture study, shared meals (including weekly Eucharist/communion), shared resources (including some experiments in shared economics and housing), micro-businesses, justice-seeking, Sabbath-keeping, confession and forgiveness, lament and – of course – joy!
A this early point ‘along the road’ we’re looking for some others – single-folks, partners and/or families – who might be called to join us in on this journey in Christian community and be part of the ‘stable core’ that roots itself in a neighbourhood here in Victoria.
If you think this could be you, please do take a look around www.emmauscommunity.ca to learn more about the emerging vision – and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like our facebook page to get updates. Also, please do send this on to others who you think might be interested.
Our next step will be to begin to gather interested folks in February 2014 for some more information-sharing, conversation and story-telling!
Finally, whether or not you might be called to this expression of the Christian life, we ask for your prayers as we embark on this journey!
In Christ, along the Way!
Meagan and Rob Crosby-Shearer
Emmaus Community ::: Victoria
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All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts. – Acts 2: 44-46