Monasticism & New Monasticism

New monasticism is not just about the renewal of the church or self, it’s also about the transformation of society. Renewal and transformation happens because new monasticism, as with traditional monasticism, is about taking people, through a Rule of life, to stop and listen to the heartbeat of God.

Listening to God

A transcript of a retreat talk given by Trevor Miller. President FD Roosevelt got tired of the many White House receptions where all he did was smile his famous big smile and utter the usual banalities to the awed guests. One day he decided to find out whether anybody was listening and paying attention to […]

Defining Monastic Theology

  An article written by Trevor Miller for the New Dictionary of Theology. A. Monastic Theology If theology is the contemplation of God, then monastic theology is devoted to the inner life, practices and spiritual disciplines that nurture that contemplation. Put simply, the term ‘monastic theology’ refers not just to the local setting of the […]

Asceticism and Monasticism

An article written by Trevor Miller for the New Dictionary of Theology. A. Asceticism and Monasticism Asceticism and monasticism are almost synonymous terms as the origins of the ascetical life are the origins of monasticism. Asceticism (from Greek: askesis – practice, training or exercise) describes a system of spiritual practices designed to encourage interior vigilance […]