Here are some resources on Christian monasticism(s) both old and new that might be interesting for people exploring this topic.
How New Monastics Have Been Carriers and Cultivators of Hope
Evan Howard talk at the New Monastic Roundtable at Vaumarcus, Switzerland (25-27 August, 2023)
Reflections on the History of Devout Forms of Life
Patristic Era (@AD 100-600)
Desert daughters, Desert sons: Rethinking the Christian desert tradition, by Rachel Wheeler. A book review by Evan B. Howard.
Medieval Era (@AD 600-1500)
Modern (@1500 – the present)
More coming !!!
Theology of Religious (and Semi-Religious) Life: Reflections on a Few Themes
The Practice of New Monastic Life
For Specific Practices, see my “Brief Guides to Christian Spiritual Practices” on the Resources for Christian Living Page.
For resources to help you write your own Rule of Life, scroll down to the “Rules of Life” section of my Resources for Christian Living page.
Resources and Networking for explorers of New Monasticism(s), Intentional Christian Community, and the like.
For more on Intentional Christian Community, see the “Community NewesLetters” in the NewesLetter Archives.
For a select bibliography on Christian discernment (including material on communal discernment) see here.
For some networking links to groups exploring the connections between higher education student life and intentional community click here.
I also have a YouTube Playlist with over 25 video talks on Monasticism(s) Old and New.
And a Vimeo series as well.
“New Monastic Retrieval and Reformation Evaluation: A Few Reflections.” Here is the audio recording of a talk I gave for the Webber Center’s Ancient Evangelical Future Conference, 2017 (just scroll down to Session 3).
Part One: Life
In this part, I present “Evagrius of Pontus: The Movie”
Part Two: Thought
In this part, I talk about the desert tradition’s approach to formation, using Evagrius as a case in point.
Part Three: Practice
In this part, I use what I have already presented regarding Evagrius and the desert tradition to give some suggestions regarding how we might fruitfully approach our own intentional growth in the Christian life today.