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The Dynamics of Monasticism


The Dynamics of Monasticism

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334055327
Number of Pages: 320
Published: 01/09/2017
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Oneness considers the role monastic life plays within the life of the contemporary church.

Using a focus on the life, practice and history of the Shepherds Law community as a starting point, the book broadens the discussion to consider how such communities negotiate the boundary between the solitary life and life within their community.

With a foreword from Justin Welby and an afterword from Rowan Williams. 

Foreword by Archbishop Justin Welby 

Prologue by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Part 1: Setting the Scene

Introduction - Stephen Platten 

1. Religious Communities and Their Citizenship - George Guiver

2. Northumbria's Long Tradition - Sarah Foot

3. Father William's Baton - Peta Dunstan

4. Shepherds Law: The Story so Far - Stephen Platten

Part 2: Unfolding the Mystery

5. The Skete - Andrew Louth

6. Francis of Assisi: A Hermit and His Hermitages - Brother Nicholas Alan Worssam SSF

7. The Monastic Sacrament in Life, Liturgy, Saints and Buildings - George Guiver 

8. Gregorian Chant and Monastic Life - Dom Xavier Perrin OSB 

9. Monastic Architecture and the Building of Shepherds Law: Monastic Life and Architecture - Christopher Irvine and Ralph Pattison 

10. Waiting While Running - George Guiver 

Afterword by Rowan Williams

Stephen Platten, Justin Welby, Rowan Williams

Stephen Platten is Rector of St Michael's Cornhill. He was the last diocesan Bishop of Wakefield in the Church of England. He has written and edited numerous books including Comfortable Words: Polity, Piety and the Book of Common Prayer (2012) and Rebuilding Jerusalem: The Church's Hold on Hearts and Minds (2007)

"This is an informative and exciting book which explains why sacred places such as Shepherd's Law are sacred - and why they continue to be sorely needed as an oasis in our world, where one can encounter God in the peace and silence." -- Brother Benedict SSF, Provincial Minister, Society of Saint Francis

'In an age of anger and conspicuous consumption, many now hunger for serenity and simplicity. In our climates of fear and fanaticism, many long for fathomless faith and measured contemplation. This remarkable book will prompt some profound soul-searching for all who take time to dwell on its' message. The engaging reflections that each author provides will surely lead to a renewed vocation - to go deeper with God in the shallows of our time.' -- Martyn Percy, Dean, Christ Church, Oxford