Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What's Old Is New

Found out about something called "The New Monasticism" from The Anchoress. Like her, I am skeptical about anything with "The New" in front of it. This article confirmed my doubts. The author describes two Christian communities in Philadelphia and Camden combining social justice and contemplation. As a former Philly girl, I have to object. Philadelphia has for decades attracted activists/witnesses living in community, be they Catholic, Quaker, anarchist ... or whatever. But I guess calling this "The New Monasticism" lends the article that "news" hook. Worth a read anyway.