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New Monasticism as Fresh Expression of Church

New Monasticism as Fresh Expression of Church

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781848250444
Number of Pages: 155
Published: 17/12/2010
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

The combination of Fresh Expressions and the explosion of interest in monastic spirituality is resulting in the emergence of new monastic communities inspired by historic patterns of religious life, but reframed for the contemporary world.

This worldwide movement is seen as a radical expression of ecclesial community and was named in Mission Shaped Church as one of the leading new forms of church that would help people reconnect with Christianity.

A new monastic community may be a dispersed group of families and individuals meeting to share meals and worship, it might be a group connected virtually; it might be a youth group exploring monastic spirituality.

In this book, leaders of traditional religious communities and emerging 'new monastic' communities tell their stories and reflect on how an ancient expression of being church is inspiring and shaping a very new one.

Included are many well-known contributors: Graham Cray, Tom Sine, Shane Claiborne, Ray Simpson, Abbot Stuart Burns and others exploring intentional living in the UK and the US.

Graham Cray

Graham Cray was the Principal of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge before being appointed Bishop of Maidstone in 2001. Graham left this ministry in 2008 when he was appointed Archbishop's Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. He chaired the working group which produced Mission-shaped Church and has contributed to several other books regarding the future of the Church including Mission-shaped Youth, The Future of the Parish System and Making Sense of Generation Y.

Ian Mobsby

Ian Mobsby is a Mission Enabler in the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and Priest in Charge of the parish of St Luke’s, Camberwell in South London. An international writer and speaker on mission and evangelism, he is also Prior to the Wellspring New Monastic Community.

Ray Simpson

Ray Simpson was educated at Woking Grammar School for Boys, London University and London College of Divinity. He was ordained into ‘the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church’ at Lichfield Cathedral, founded by Saint Chad of Lindisfarne in 669.


In 1978 he was uniquely commissioned by Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed Churches and The Religious Society of Friends, with a Salvation Army band and ‘the right had of fellowship’ from Community and Pentecostal churches to establish ‘one family of Christians for one neighbourhood’ at Bowthorpe, Norwich, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


He is the Founding Guardian of the dispersed, international ecumenical Community of Aidan and Hilda. The CORE of CAH comprises followers of the Way from Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed and Emerging expressions of the world-wide Body of Christ and other faith communities.


He lived on England’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne for over two decades where he established the Celtic Christian Library and the Community’s retreat accommodation for pilgrims.


He has been the Community’s principal liturgist and Celtic Studies tutor, is the author over forty books on prayer, spirituality and new monasticism, and has travelled and lectured widely on three continents.

Aaron Kennedy

GRAHAM CRAY is Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. IAN MOBSBY is Associate Missioner of Fresh Expressions and founder of MOOT, a worship community exploring fresh ways of being the church in the centre of London.

'As an introduction to what the contemporary church can learn from our ancestors in the faith, this book is a helpful starter ... Bishop Graham Cray observes that our culture is making disciples more effectively than the Church, and shows how some monastic practices may help us catch up. Shane Claiborne's 12 marks of the New Monasticism are a very useful summary, and Tom Sine provides an insightful plea for us to help our young people reflect that they are the first generation since the war whose lifestyles will not exceed that of their parents.' 'This book is full of hope. Wonderful things are occurring. A different church is possible - one responsive to the signs of our times, compassionate, inclusive and passionate about God's Reign of Peace, Justice, Reconciliation and Wholiness. We need a book like this in a moment in which the forces of retrenchment are prevailing.' -- Frank Regan

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