Monk Manifesto

Want to join me in starting a monk revolution?

Let's spread a commitment to contemplation, creativity, and compassion far and wide!

For a PDF version of the Monk Manifesto click the link to download a printable file.

The Monk Manifesto is also available in Spanish, German, and Norwegian translations.  Click here for PDFs of Manifesto del MonjeMönchs Manifest, and Munkemanifestet.

I invite you to. . .


Monk: from the Greek monachos meaning single or solitary, a monk in the world does not live apart but immersed in the everyday with a single-hearted and undivided presence, always striving for greater wholeness and integrity

Manifesto: from the Latin for clear, means a public declaration of principles and intentions.

Monk Manifesto: A public expression of your commitment to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life.

1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.

2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.

3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.

4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.

5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.

6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.

7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.

8. I commit to being a dancing monk, cultivating creative joy and letting my body and "heart overflow with the inexpressible delights of love."*


*quote is from the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict

886 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. ghislaine salter says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I feel very privileged. I commit to the manifesto publicly. Looking forward to the discovery.

  2. aletheia mystea says:

    Hi I'm trying to sign up and don't know if I did this right! I live the Monk Manifesto so that's not an issue! My creeds are on my FB page, Green Theology Ministries:Earth Rites, Animal Rites, Human Rites. I also have Heartistry in MotionLLC and The Heartistry Hub which is going to be my blog communion page. In the meantime all of it is happening on FB. I feel a great kinship with The Abbey and look forward to visiting! Thanks Alethiea M. Mystea MA: monk, Celtic Christian mystic, minister, priestess, medicine woman.

  3. I commit publicly to a life lived according to the manifesto. This is a life I have long ago chosen and daily lived but as a solitary. The importance of community in this beautiful ministry touches me deeply and I feel I have finally found a home here in these teachings. Blessings to all and as I have written for decades, "Each one, reach one, and love, always love."

  4. Darla Seward-Halpern says:

    My heart and soul feel so peaceful in my commitment to this community and manifesto. This is a way of life that I have been guided to forever. All Love and Blessings…

  5. Helen Jelfs says:

    I want to express my commitment to living with the intentions expressed in this manifesto.

  6. Rhonda says:

    Thank you for this wonderful manifesto

  7. Carol says:

    thank you for bringing likeminded monks together. Count me in.

  8. Sandra Zarembski says:

    I am committed to the intentions in the manifesto

  9. Cindy says:

    I commit to the Monk Manifesto in all its delight and challenge

  10. Linda says:

    This community and this Manifesto are exactly what I have been yearning for. I normally wait for a word or phrase to appear to guide my new year, the wait is over.

  11. Kassy Wright says:

    Sounds good to me, basically the way I live already except a bit on the solitary side, good to connect with likeminded folks.

  12. Samantha says:

    It is with reverence. joy and great gladness that I commit to this manifesto and to this community.
    How may I serve? Do you need a jester?
    Samantha

  13. Cheryln says:

    I willingly commit to this manifesto. I embrace Sabbath, seek solitude and connection with the Holy through the natural world (especially woods and water), and strive to live simply in communion with others.

  14. Karen says:

    Happy to find this group / Abbey.
    I too commit to the Monk Manifesto.

    Blessings to you all

  15. I humbly commit to the Monk Manifesto asking God for the grace to live it with gusto!
    It is a joy to join my Secular Franciscan heart with the Spirit of Benedict and live in communion with all the Dancing Monks.

  16. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful program. I am glad I found this site and all the great sources that you share. I am committing to the Monk Manifesto and just started the Artist's Rule which I find another important synchronistic piece of the puzzle that is my journey right now! To end with the blessing giving thanks for the most ordinary grace and gift, to open myself to the possibility of contentment and zeal over life just as it is….to co-create with what is….so good for my soul! And a great start to the New Year!!

  17. Christine McLaughlin says:

    Well, yes indeed. It's good to articulate so clearly the direction this river path I'm on is taking me.

  18. I commit to this manifesto.

  19. Melissa Cox says:

    I commit to acknowledging God's gift of wisdom in my life; new to me, but old as the universe. To love brother and sister. To hold my hands cupped and ready, symbolic of my Being as a vessel for the Spirit's energy. To empty those hands, full of Spirit, over my own head and over the world I live in. To revel in darkness as well as light. To travel my transition with the grace, joy, and help of Jesus Christ, my Lord.

  20. Elle Bieling says:

    I am very drawn to this online community. It seems to me like this is the real deal. I commit to the manifesto and my own personal journey. May I welcome and be welcomed into the Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks.

  21. Sheryl Layne says:

    I commit to the Monk Manifesto of contemplation, creativity and compassion.

  22. LydiaS says:

    I joyfully commit to the Monk Manifesto, to the sound in silence, the point of light in the greater illumination, and the green of every new leaf.

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