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

830 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. Brenda Paladino says:

    I agree to finding time in my day for contemplation and learning to accept and love everyone who crosses my path in life.

  2. Brenda Paladino says:

    Things show up in our life when we most need them. I am looking forward to finding much inspiration and friendship here.

  3. Amy Mercer says:

    Loving no one particularly so may love all equally

  4. Tricia Kibbe says:

    Joy is available when you open to it.

  5. Andres Munoz, Jr. says:

    I commit myself to a life of compassion, contemplation, and creativity.

  6. love with your whole heart ,soul, mind, and strength–then you will master your affections.

  7. Eva Sullivan-Knoff says:

    I commit myself to practicing the Presence of God, and to living a life of compassion, radical hospitality, contemplation, and creativity.

  8. Sister Joan Kerley says:

    I commit myself to exploring the creative vision that longs to be expressed and using this vision for the good of the world and the communities to which I belong.

  9. Bonnie Klatt says:

    I commit to BEING present to each moment with gratitude for all that is in that moment. I also align my will with that of the Father's Will for me.

  10. Thomas Coates says:

    I commit to fostering community which will support the ideals of this Monk's Manifesto and to nurture within myself the mind of Christ.

  11. +Daniel says:

    I sign the Monk Manifesto and offer my solidarity with others who want to express their inner monk in everyday life.

  12. Linda Jarvis says:

    Now, having finally acquired the wisdom that comes from embracing my old age, I commit myself to welcoming the peace of God which transcends all understanding, and to giving heartfelt thanks for the both the rainclouds and the silver linings.

  13. I was in a convent for ten years and left because I couldn't find the peace of soul I was searching for. My life has taken many twists and turns in my search. Grace has lead me here to Kitale, Kenya where I teach at a center that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned children. My work is both rewarding and draining. I need the spiritual resources and solidarity offered by your community. I LOVE the idea of being a monk in the world! Let the journey continue with more help along the way!

  14. Penny Fray says:

    I commit to live a compassionate, contemplative and creative life. I am on a journey and it has taken many twists and turns so far. I feel blessed and inspired to find this community. I want to be a monk in the world and cultivate creative joy!

  15. Joanna ES Campbell says:

    Yes Yes Yes!

  16. Sr. Mindy Welding, IHM says:

    I commit to dancing with the desire to find God in all things, releasing love, creativity, joy, justice, peace, compassion and honoring the presence of God in all Creation daily.

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