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

940 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. Lorette says:

    I am ready to explore these principals!


  2. Maggie says:

    Thrilled to make these commitments and explore being a monk in the world with you!

  3. Sounds rich and wonderful!

  4. Becca says:

    hooly dooly! onwards with monkishness!

  5. Anne Dunlap says:

    these certainly resonate with me.

  6. Melinda says:

    Many of these chime with how I am already living my life. I've still to explore the practice of Sabbath though. Thank you for putting these monkly intentions up!

  7. Rosie says:

    Yes, I'm willing to live a monkish life. Looking forward to the info.

  8. A fabulous initiative and preview to a fall course. I am grateful to have found this community!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Balm for my soul; thank you for refocusing my direction!

  10. Please add my signature … in Shalom, Robin

  11. Tess says:

    I signify my commitment to live the way of a monk in the world.

  12. Michelle Rogers says:

    Considering it a blessing ALREADY to join my heart with all of you in this…

  13. Delighted to have this support in walking the contemplative path.

  14. Katherine says:

    I pledge to walk the way of the Monk!

  15. Kristina says:

    This sounds wonderful and beautiful! I will walk the way of the Monk!

  16. Deanna says:

    Yes! This fits perfectly with my commitment to Availability and Vulnerability: Availability to God, to others, to spiritual practices, hospitality and service. Vulnerability with a willingness to learn and grow.

  17. Judy Smoot says:

    So much of this resonates with recent choices. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with others joining together in this commitment.

  18. Karen Benson says:

    This comes at a time when I need to re-focus and re-commit to a path of intentionally living in this way.

  19. william says:

    I like what you are supporting. Are you familiar with the work of Jacob Needleman – especially "Money and the Meaning of Life"?

  20. Mary Muir says:

    This is just what I need right now – I am ready

  21. Shelley Banks says:

    Thank you.

  22. Roxanne Morgan says:

    Wholly yes!

  23. Amber says:

    Beautiful! Joining in solidarity!

  24. Mary says:

    I've not been as committed this past year in making space for quiet… I'm ready to put this back into my day to day life.

  25. Anna says:

    Count me in! Heartfelt thanks!

  26. gretchen says:

    someone once gave me a little button which proclaims, 'hermits unite'! while we are not all solitaries, let us join together in growing into open spaces of welcome and healing for one another and the world.

  27. Camille Hurlburt says:

    Yes Christine,
    I dedicate myself to thee Monk Manifesto upon a daily basis!
    Thank you so very much!
    Yours Most Sincerely,
    Poetess Camille Hurlburt!

  28. Jean says:

    Thank you for reminders of the core of our lives.
    Sister-monk :-)

  29. Rachelle says:

    Thank You, Christine, for this. Another gift of grace from your creative heart.
    I endorse the spirit of these principles and I would benefit from an intentional focus on each as we companion one another and seek to extend genuine Presence to others.

  30. Beth says:

    I so declare!

  31. Claire says:

    let it be so :)

    (hi christine, i tried to sign up for the free e-class but it didn't work…)

  32. Rebecca says:

    How can I resist.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful reminder that we are all united with the ONE.

  34. Joyce says:

    From our lips to God's ears.

  35. Wanda says:

    Love it. I have been attempting to live these practices for a while now and hope to recommit myself once again.

  36. Marina Friedrich says:

    This is where I've been heading….

  37. Diana Welsh Durkin says:

    Ad Sum!

  38. JoAnn says:

    yes. absolutely ~ with love and deep gratitude ~ on the journey together ~

  39. Sally says:

    Yes to being a monk in the world!!

  40. Evelyn says:

    Yes, Christine! I'm so ready to move forward into my 'monk-ness.'

  41. thymekeeper says:

    Yes ~ with gratitude for your invitation!

  42. On this feast of St Clare, I recommit myself to this path of growing.

  43. Linda Lee says:

    I hereby commit to the Way of the Monk!

  44. Melinda Hunter says:

    I am so thankful I have found you. Planning on the photo class next pay day.

  45. Edith says:

    What a wonderful and inspiring set of precepts to live by. I shall print these put and refer to them each morning.
    Thank you!

  46. Lynne Gonzales says:

    These bring back the old saying "Easier said than done'…but what ease occurs when these precepts are part of daily life!

  47. Patricia says:

    Thank you.


  48. Lee Ann Kapaun says:

    thank you so much for what you are sharing. blessings….

  49. Pat Coughlin says:

    Thank you

  50. Lisa Dunn says:

    What a beautiful Manifesto. I am printing out a copy for work and a copy for home, so I can read and comtemplate these principles every day. Thank you!

  51. Megan Karlen says:

    Thank you

  52. Linda Alley says:

    I am grateful that you put into words the things I am already trying to practice. Your ministry is treasured…………

  53. I have found my life turning this way over the past year, growing in ways I had not yet imagined. Reading the manifesto, I can see where I have been and where I need–want–to go. I was meant to read this, this morning. Thank you.

  54. Lisa Whitlow says:

    Your website is a true refuge!

  55. Steven Elliott says:

    Words to live by. God help me.

  56. Every day, every moment…pilgrims on the journey. Thank you!

  57. Sr. Elena Henderson says:

    Thanks for this manifesto challenge.

  58. Suzanne Hesh says:

    Lovely to seek a way to be that has nothing to do with achievement.

  59. Sue Alexander says:

    What a wonderful surprise this morning – Monk Manifesto AND a chance to experience one of your online classes! Blessings to all for our commitment to the manifesto journey.

  60. Rosalie Nelson says:

    thanks for this concrete challenge to live what I believe!

  61. Dennis A Reardon says:

    I am signing the manifesto. It is a great description of what I feel called to be/do.

  62. mary beth says:

    posting these where I can see them. Thank you!!

  63. Shelley says:

    Great to have support along the journey!

  64. Susan P says:

    What wonderful goals & inspirations to keep in mind each & every day!

  65. Carolyn says:

    Thank you!

  66. Stacie says:

    Looking forward to at least being able to do the free e-course, thank you for making that available for everyone.

  67. Jan Tarr says:

    I'll use this manifesto in my next art and meditation class. I'm very thankful for this list of the very things for our group to paint and speak about and meditate upon as we meet to express our spirits and at all times.

  68. Joy Fry says:

    With breathful gratitude, I say YES!

  69. Jillian Froebe says:

    This so clearly aligns with my holding of busyness as fear disguised as passion…the accompanying commitments are welcome. Much gratitude.

  70. patricia boutilier says:

    Much thanks for the thoughtful manifesto–and a way to live deeply and simply in our world.

  71. Jeanne Landin says:

    I'm grateful to discover the Monk Manifesto — a gift as I prepare to begin grad school later this month at the age of 55!

  72. Claire Haser says:

    Well, this just feels like home. How lucky I was to find this. Continue to be surprised by how many deeply feel this call. I felt alone for a long time. It does my heart good to join with the rest of you.

  73. Christine Cosmogenesis says:

    This Monk Manifesto succinctly reflects the struggles and learnings and yearnings of my journey. I "wrap" it around my shoulders like a sacred shawl, a reminder of intentionality in the midst of many distractions. Thanks!

  74. Cynthia Cadenhead says:

    much needed at this point in my life and the life of the congregation I serve as pastor.

  75. Gaylie says:

    Beautiful invitation! Thank you!

  76. Nita Penfold says:

    In gratitude for your reminder to be who I am. Blessings.

  77. Jill says:

    Thank you

  78. This is beautiful, grounding, and inspiring.

    I look forward to participating in the class.

    Thank you.

  79. Terri says:

    Amazing that I feel the pull to be a monk in the world. My concept of monks has radically changed since I first set foot on campus!

    Shalom, my friend.


  80. Claudia Giacoma says:

    I am grateful for you and for your on-going reminders of the primary call of God………. to live in and out of the Presence in all the events and relationships of my life.

  81. michael dunford says:

    it's never too late to take a look at oneself.

  82. Love it, thanks and blessings!! I am going to make this apart of my spiritual practice each day.

  83. Mary says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this challenge. The Monk Manifesto captures the essence of what I want to do and be on my spiritual journey. A hundred thousand thank yous!

  84. Bruce says:

    good reminders – I am going to print this out and put it where I can see it everyday!

  85. Chantel says:

    I REALLY loved this! I am ready and willing to sign such a marvelous manifesto!

  86. KR says:

    At a time of great sorrow in my life these principles are a good guide on which to focus.

  87. Printing this out for myself today – the Manifesto and the 7 day event will definitely work for me. I am unable to extend myself for the longer period as your offerings conflict with our travel schedule in late September and for the month of October. It's wonderful to know that your work is being enjoyed and recognized by an audience that continues to grow!


  88. heather havey says:

    I will happily commit to the manifesto, and truly already strive toward these in my daily life, for many years now. Thank you so much for guiding and encouraging us all :).

  89. thank you for the gift of your words and images and a wonderful "place" to be centered!

  90. Elizabeth says:

    Yes. A reflection of my deepest beliefs. Thank you.

  91. Janice Wood says:

    I am ready to begin again after a few years of busyness and looking outside of myself for answers. Thank you!

  92. Deb Hillman says:

    I love the intentionality of the Monk Manifesto and can't wait to hang a printed copy in my apartment. You are a blessing and I am so happy to be on this journey with you! Love, Light and Blessings, Deb

  93. Sr Nancy G. says:

    Great! Want to spend more time on your website later.

  94. Patty says:

    What a gift to discover this. Thank you.

  95. Barbara L Miller says:

    The beauty these principles bring to life is immeasurable. Many thanks!

  96. Dawna Petersen says:

    I commit! As a monk in the world I will always be within my monastery and always have around me my community for support and to be accountable to wherever I may be. Hmmm…

  97. Carol Wessling says:

    Thank you for putting into words the "Life Purpose Statement" I've been looking for! This covers all the areas important to me and it is beautifully written…

  98. Lisa says:

    Beautiful gift, beautiful call, grazie!

  99. Candace says:

    I am so excited to find you as this is just what I have been looking for in my life. I've been on this path and found it hard to achieve what I want but I think that with your principles in effect, it will be so much simpler. Thank you.

  100. Clare Ronzani says:

    Thank you for your continued creativity that you share in such an inviting way. My response is yes!

  101. John Bowdle, RScP says:

    Looking forward to realizing the fulness of my call to be a monk in the world.

  102. Ardis Letey says:

    Thank you. It is so easy to get drawn into the frenetic world. This will help me return to my "glue" (that which holds me together).

  103. Mary Anne Woodward says:

    Thank you. You give voice to my longing and offer a way to embody it.
    Mary Anne

  104. Bethann McIntosh-King says:

    Thank you for recognizing and articulating with such wisdom and integrity what I believe and feel so deeply and passionately. May it be so.

  105. Cat Charissage says:

    Intention: what we stretch toward, what we stretch into. . . each day

  106. Richard Wells says:

    Sign me up, and Christine, come to a concert!

    Starting this sunday, the 15th.

  107. Nita says:

    Much thanks… so good to hear of others on this journey.

  108. Eridanus says:

    It is wondrous the calling for this in the world!

  109. I am a monk in the world.

  110. Sulia Grace says:

    Thanks for the reminder of right livlihood.

  111. anne says:

    i can be nothing other than a monk in the world.

  112. Geralyn Phelps says:

    I cherish the invitation to freedom offered by this path!

  113. Rachel Kopel says:

    How wonderful that I just got back from a retreat with the Franciscan friars in time to read this post. I was seeking direction for how to hold onto my experience in the daily world. This is perfect. Signing now. And today, the Feast of St Clare, is a perfect time to discard worldly stuff – my project for the rest of the week.

  114. Linda Little says:

    Thank you for helping me to see those things to which I am committed so succinctly listed and organized. This Manifesto will remind me daily of that which is most important. I intend to hang it in my office to be a reminder at the beginning of each day.
    Thank you for all you share!

  115. Tess Sutton says:

    Thanks so very much Christine – as always, you are such an inspiration !!

    Hugs and Blessings.

  116. Wendy says:

    Thanks for this…profound…much food for thought!

  117. This very clearly states much of the principles of my oblation. Thank you!

  118. Judy Olson says:

    This morning when I read this there were 15 responses…now there are 150! It's a monk revolution, count me in!

  119. Janet Hanson says:

    Thank you for the invitation.. I am in.

  120. Lisa Turrini says:

    consider this my signature

  121. Ruth Turner says:

    Christine, Thank you finding the words for the intentions of my heart!

  122. Pam McCarthy says:

    glad for kindred spirits in this way of living.

  123. Lynne says:

    I would love to sign this. To commit to conversion daily, ah, such a practice! Many thanks!

  124. June MD says:

    A wonderful rule for life!

  125. Laurel says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to sign this "manifesto". I am grateful to be in community with others striving to live with integrity and undivided presence. I commit to contemplation, creativity, and compassion!

  126. Cheryl Macpherson says:

    Yes, yes yes I'm in. The gift of a community of kindred spirits is such a blessing. Thank you Christine

  127. Mary Anningson says:

    I am delighted to be part of this.

  128. Blessings on the journey!

  129. Lynette says:

    Have onbly just found your website at the beginning of August during your break. Now you are back I am finding so much inspiration on it especially your Monk Manifesto. As someone who is trying to live a more contemplative life it is something I will print out and use for insipiration. Every blessing as we travel on the journey.

  130. Donna says:

    Thank you. What a precious gift to those of us who are seeking to live this life.

  131. I am printing this out as I let you know to sign me up also. You have written what's in my heart and how I try to live my life.

  132. JoAnn K. P. says:

    Wonderful. I'd like to enter.


  133. Patricia Mcclure says:


  134. Dear Christine,
    Happy to join the way of being a monk in the world with profound gratitude and great intentions, with the humbling knowledge of my limitations.
    Love, Christine

  135. Marilyn Hill says:

    What a wonderful way to help me refocus!

  136. byrde says:

    "I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within."
    I love the whole manifesto and this statement.

  137. Charlotte says:

    This beautifully expresses God's call to me in this season. Thank you!

  138. Susan says:

    so nice to know that others are seeking to live in monkish ways in the world…

  139. Lu Farber says:


  140. Robin says:

    This is so beautifully succinct. I, too, am intrigued with "welcome the stranger both within and without". Thanks.

  141. Maribeth Clancy says:

    Thanks so much…this gives me much to think about!

  142. Martha Burt says:


  143. Gayle Sommerfeld says:

    Hi, this is a great summary!! And I have already been trying to practice these principles.

  144. ann says:

    thanks, i look forward to reviewing these daily.

  145. Suzie Massey says:

    I commit with joy and delight.

  146. Yvonne Lucia says:

    If the concept of the hundredth "Monk-ey" is true, we will surely transform the world….

  147. infuse says:

    reminding me of Henri Nouwen's *Reaching Out* …
    definite 'yes' ! thx

  148. jama says:

    It only takes the small moments each day.

  149. Mary Huisman says:

    A grateful 'alleluia' for all that is, and especially this! Thank you Christine, mh

  150. Amy Crawley says:

    The manifesto spoke to me on so many levels. I've printed a copy & will keep it on my meditation altar. Thank you.

  151. Melissa Layer says:

    Wonderful… going up on my bulletin board at work!!

  152. chunesin says:

    I commit with joy and gratitude for your work.

  153. Tim Malone says:

    August 25th walk the outdoor LABRYNTH with chants from Taize and other monasteries at St. Stephen's in renton!

    Sept 16 Come for a sabbath eve of HEALING MUSIC & POETRY at a 3 acre estate in Burien — or .

    come, monks and be refreshed!

  154. Janee says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful idea.

  155. Carol Cummins says:

    I love this "rule of life". Thanks for the invitation.

  156. Nadine Howard says:

    a monk is not necessarily without his demons

  157. Maggie Emm says:

    Thanks for the reminder!
    Your new site is great x

  158. Tracey McFerran says:

    Going home and hanging it on the bathroom mirror!

  159. Helen Druett says:

    A wonderful summary of how I endeavour to live. Looking forward to printing it off and displaying it where I will see and re read it at least once each day. Thank you

  160. Dana says:

    Ancient and evergreen wisdom.

  161. Nena Price says:

    The best part of this for me is being connected. Thank you so much for offering this opportunity.

  162. muriel sperotto says:

    Looking forward to your course and encouragement in following this difficult path

  163. Mary Hooper says:

    At a very busy time, this will be an oasis of renewal.

  164. Lucia Van Ruiten says:

    Profound, beautiful expression to live fully with compassionate, contemplative and creative alignment. This is real transformation. What a gift to be invited by Christine
    to join a life force with others to walk radically the HEART journey.Thanks. Peace and blessings galore. Lucia Van Ruiten, IHM

  165. Thank you so much. I sign this wholeheartedly…and thank you for allowing me to participate.

  166. Rena Grant says:

    How wonderful that you have created principles from which to live. Thank you for sharing them and inviting us to practice contemplative living.
    Rena Grant

  167. randi kander says:

    I totally need this. I'm printing off the manifesto to carry around with me and put in my car and in the kitchen and my art studio. Thank you so much for helping me breathe and slow down and not miss my life in the all the mundane mind clutter. I'm always reminding myself that I'm a human being not a human doing.

  168. Maggie Oman Shannon says:

    Thank you so much…it is a wonderful set of principles!

  169. Susan Stewart says:

    Thank you for these touchstones to remind us how to continue to practice contemplative, authentic living in the real world!

  170. Russell McLarty says:

    I am looking to take more time to grow both deeper in myself and more connected with other people and the wider world

  171. Yes. Let's join together to make our voice of stillness and silence – louder and fuller.

  172. i've reposted the monk manifesto on 6 more blogsites …
    hoping to help spread the word (:

  173. Sharon Richards says:

    I'm in :) thanks Christine for articulating this so well and inviting us to participate.

  174. Eleanor Linwood says:

    It is wonderful having an opportunity to have guidance and companionship while exploring the monk within and the beauty of contemplation and solitude

  175. Nicole Swarts says:

    So beautiful :-)

  176. Lynn Winders says:

    I love these ideas and they fit so well with any belief system. I will enjoy learning more about the contemplative practices with the free e-mail course to start.

  177. isa says:

    like a poem,
    metaphors of love in everyday´s rhythms,
    grat power and intensity, and overflowing imagination,
    this is a love-manifesto

  178. I have for the pst year been drawn to the monastic self. Your website is a welcomed space to assist me in my journey. Thank you!

  179. Becky Youngblood says:

    healing balm in this chaotic time…

  180. Linda Rufi says:

    This is what happens when community reaches out and wants only the best for all concerned. What a true treasure we have are fellow travelers on the blessed journey. After all, we are sisters and brothers!

  181. Lisa Sadleir-Hart says:

    With gratitude and appreciation for the unfolding journey of one's inner monk!

  182. Barb Schwab says:

    Thank you for setting a vision to encourage and nurture others along the way.

  183. Thank you Christine for making this class available and for your on- going encouragement and teaching that you provide to those on the journey.

  184. George Suarez says:

    Thank you for your ideas, they strike a chord in my heart and are something to live up to.

  185. Pam Faulkner says:

    Your thoughts encourage me in my journey as a Benedcitine Oblate. I continually strive to keep all of the things you mentioned in my daily life. Thank you

  186. Bethany Pollins says:

    Thank you so much for the words of wisdom and beauty.

  187. Tammie Raymora says:

    thanks . . . this sounds wonderful! been reading and practicing yoga sutras which are similiar . . . . Looking forward to learning more!


  188. Linda F. Piotrowski says:

    I am attempting to live this in my daily life. This will help me to be more intentional and perhaps more successful.
    Thank you.

  189. Louise Crossgrove says:

    Reading the Manifesto statements, I realize what I have been attempting to do in my life around my spirituality and contemplation, has a name. I am most grateful to be part of a community of like-minded individuals who, like me, are seekers, wanting more – more openness of spirit, more silence in our lives, more meaning and more joy. Thank you.

  190. Thank you for leading your vision with this manifesto. Inspirational. Silence is a wonderful gift and medicine in life, and I love to find other people who appreciate the expressiveness of silence.

  191. Karen Pugliese says:

    It is a breath-taking Grace and Blessing to encounter Revolutionary Companions on the Spiritual Journey, especially when least expected. Ordinary miracles of Commitment, Contemplation, Compassion, Dedication and "Declaration" abound and surround us! Thank you.

  192. lucy says:

    I wholeheartedly sign this fabulous manifesto!

  193. Laurie Clark says:

    With utmost enthusiasm, yes, yes and a resounding yes!

  194. Peggy says:

    Enthusiastically, I'm in!

  195. anne eggleston says:

    Thank you !

  196. Gloria Tiede says:

    Delighted to sign this cyber document. Each point is deeply meaningful.

  197. Ruth Jewell says:

    I am thrilled to sign this document, Thanks for the opportunity

  198. Margi Rohde says:

    Thank you for the added push to deepen our paths in the world.

  199. Marjorie Donnelly says:

    Thank you! Marjorie

  200. Gayle Olson says:

    Perfect timing! This is just what I've been looking for. Thank you.

  201. Sandra says:

    You've put words to what I have been trying to do with my life this year. Thank you.

  202. Chris Flynn says:

    With my heart and soul, I walk this path with gratitude, humility, and great love.
    Thank you.

  203. Nikki Nordstrom says:

    Thank you!

  204. Kairos. This is just what I've been seeking.
    Thank you.
    I wholewheartedly sign this pledge!

  205. Julie says:

    Clearly, the time is NOW for so many….. and each traveler here adds to the Beauty of Christine's offering. Abundant blessings to all. xxx

  206. Miah says:

    I'm in! Thank you.

  207. Alison Moore says:

    These guidelines are universal – they resonats beautifully with my Buddhist practice. Thank you.

  208. Tess says:

    I'm very late signing this manifesto because I've been living a very busy and un-monk-like life this week. The challenge is how to incorporate the pledge into those moments when the world takes over. But signing anyway, with whole heart.

  209. ann says:

    thanks so much.
    blessings, ann

  210. Brenda says:

    Thanks so much for this offering of peace!!
    Blessings, Brenda

  211. Lori says:

    Nice summary of an intentional life!

  212. Betsy Kitch says:

    I will share this with a new friend. Blessings to you

  213. John Middleton says:

    It is helpful to have an understanding of what it means a monk in the world in such clear language and accesible form.

  214. Warren Lynn says:

    Thank your for concise, pragmatic and deep spiritual manifesto. I sign it with gratitude and commitment. Peace, Shalom, Salaam.

  215. Beautifully stated! I gladly sign the Monk Manifesto. May this be the beginning of widespread transformation, monks happily living everywhere!

  216. Pam says:

    Now to live it humbly, daily.
    Thanks Christine

  217. Jen says:

    Ah yes – beginning again! Thank you, Christine.

  218. Kevin Day says:

    Very glad to join with a growing movement of monks about in the world.

  219. Linda Wenger says:


  220. Angie says:

    Be still and know that I am God
    In quietness and confidence shall be your strength
    My sheep know my voice and follow me.
    This is my beloved Son, listen to Him
    One thing I ask of the Lord this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple

  221. Gayla says:

    Help me, Lord, practice the commitments I have sworn to this day!

  222. Samantha Hance says:

    I commit myself to find moments of healing solitude and work onward to towards daily renewal.

  223. Mindy says:

    a well written statement which makes a good rule of life. thanks for sharing it with us!

  224. Saima Scott says:

    Thank you for this opportunity for connection and for your commitment to life.

  225. Karen says:

    A simple and grateful Yes.

  226. Jewell says:

    I will afford myself time for quiet to restore my inner peace.

  227. Chris says:

    Your offer has beautiful timing for me. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us! I look forward to receiving and contemplating. :)

  228. karen says:

    Thank you for this reminder to live with intention and a full spirit!

  229. Thank you for this, Christine, it's just what we need. :)

    I wasn't going to sign…you know, I felt like, Oh, One More Thing.

    And I make room every day for contemplative practices, and I'm fully committed to my creative life, and then today…

    Then today…I felt like a freaking diva when only a couple of people showed up for myweekly Saturday yogadance class. This is my WORK, this dancing. This is my way of being that Monk in the world. Dance is my daily practice. Yet…yet…I can get so caught up in ideas of "sucess," etc.

    Who is this Diva!? She is the ego, of course, and so I realized that I needed to RE-commit to this idea you are graciously gifting to the world.

    Thank you.

  230. Jeff Durham says:

    Thanks for bringing a focus to the beauty of the monastic way of life.
    Viva Via Monachus!

  231. Kathryn Rule says:

    How lovely – and great timing!

  232. I look forward to working towards this and being a part of it. Thank you.

  233. Cathi Christmus says:

    Thank you, yes I whole-heartedly sign and make this committment!

  234. Robbie Monsma says:

    A well-written pledge and a suitably simple rule. Thank you for your ministry.

  235. Angela Mercy says:

    Holy action comes out of stillness. This manifesto perfectly aligns with and describes the commitment recently made. I am pleased to be part of this monastic community. Blessed Be!

  236. David Stone says:

    For me, a second prompt to TAKE TIME. The simplicity of your manifesto will ensure my implementation of it will happen. Thank you and blessings.

  237. Dyck Dewid says:

    Although I avoid efforts to control or predict my behavior (I just like to watch what it is and learn from it), I do affirm intention as an act in living consciously and fully. I like to examine my depth of understanding, including my rejections, exploring, engaging others & other things, even the seemingly upside down. Perhaps "like" is too weak a word to use.

    I have to get my feet wet to do this. Thanks for putting this ocean before me.

  238. Paula Foreman says:

    I love it! The Manifesto will be such a good reminder to help me stay accountable to what I already so deeply believe in.

  239. Diane Grant says:

    My heart and soul resonates with this commitment. By God's grace, my daily activities will demonstrate it.

  240. Beverly says:

    Being united with others in this vision gives me strength. It is good to be reminded that there is connection in the seen and unseen.

  241. Thank you for gathering these energies in us and inviting them to come together to to be strengthened by each other…strengthening this field of compassion, contemplation and creativity.

  242. Amy says:

    I'm not sure how I have arrived at saying yes to this, having given up on religion and pretty much any ideas I have had about God, but here I am, saying yes, confidently!

  243. Jane says:

    Thank you!

  244. Cindy R says:

    With gratitude, whole-heartedly–and acknowledging my ongoing lessons in humility and human imperfection–I say yes. Blessings to this new community on a common journey. So, I will begin again…

  245. Jean Olsen says:

    gtrretings from West Valley City, UT!

  246. Cheryl Shay says:

    Just what I need right now to help me return, and give to the earth.

  247. Savoring community with others who commit to my principles.

  248. Wronda says:

    Thank you Christine!

  249. melissa B says:

    I'm in! This is the path I have been seeking, my creativity and spirituality tend to be wrapped together and now my daily life will be more fulfilling. Thanks, let us journey on.

  250. Anne M. says:

    A helpful, constant reminder…

  251. Margaret McM says:

    I too say yes so that I may renew and ocntinue the journey alreayd begun, this time with a sense of a community of others committed to the same life giving practice. Grace and Blessings abound.

  252. Amy J. says:

    In thanks for bringing all of us monks and monkesses together to share in this manifesto and way of living!

  253. Julie Peterson says:

    LOVE IT! :) Namaste!

  254. Lynn Penney says:

    The daily invitation to listen deeply with open hands that give and receive.

  255. Susan Dougherty says:

    Oh….YES! Deep breath…shoulders relax…eyes soften. Feeling a sense of companionship…

  256. Cathy J says:

    Yes, with gratitude for the inspiration and impetus to listen more completely.

  257. Jeff Druery says:

    So encouraging to see so many others committing to this as well!

  258. Ingrid Thorngren Gordon says:

    I happily and humbly make this commitment. I am very pleased to be part of this monastic community as I continue on this wonderful journey that is life.

    Shalom and Blessed Be.

  259. Sharie says:

    I definitely appreciate you naming these values and commitments. Today I particularly love the part about practicing hospitality to the "stranger within" and holding a heart of gratitude for being able to express my work/gifts in the world whether paid or unpaid. I love that I'm finally learning that Spiritual Practices take PRACTICE!

  260. Laurel says:

    I am making this commitment, too, although I know it will take some work at me.

    I saw you mention a thought similar to #6 elsewhere some time ago, but it continues to be a revelation to me. It is so hard for me to step outside the culture of accomplishment and busyness we are immersed in, and it is a gift again and again to remember we are blessed simply by virtue of existing.

  261. Manette Pottle says:

    Thank you, Christine.

  262. Elaine Hartung says:

    Christine ~ you continue to use your gifts of creativity and leadership to bring a higher awareness to others ~ and the world. I gladly join you and the other monks in this commitment to contemplation, creativity and compassion.
    Each of the 7 commitments addresses what I want and need to do at this point of my earthly pilgrimage. I particularly appreciate the reminder to be fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, being grateful for the ability to express my gifts in the world. This enables me to see the truth that what I do and how I do it does matter.

  263. celia says:

    thank you for this beautiful guidance and gift for my soul!

  264. I love, love, love this, and make my pledge to live as a monk in the world. Thank you so much, Christine, for such nourishing, transforming wisdom.

  265. Beverly Anderson says:

    Oh my, what will unfold and be revealed? We shall see…

  266. i so appreciate what you are creating, Christine! i've been on a similar track for some time. wonderful to find a community of like-minded folks. thank you!

  267. Martha Louise says:

    Christine, Thank you for this bread for my journey, a feast indeed! This manifesto will help me be bread for the world.

  268. Cindy Jacobs says:

    Happily and joyfully and with much hope I am grateful to be part of the Monk Manifesto!

  269. Emily says:

    Just started a daily devotional practice, so this has been great addition. Thank you. It makes my heart sing!

  270. Karen Brighton says:

    I say YES to this, my deepest desire, and my biggest challenge in this world.

  271. Cole Matson says:

    By the grace of God–Amen!

  272. Carie Kramer says:

    I feel so blessed to be part of this community.

  273. jama says:

    ……and so to begin again!

  274. Thank you Christine. I appreciate knowing that there are others along with me on my journey even though we are not traveling together. -Wendie

  275. Tammie Raymora says:

    Thanks for being a part of my journey, I feel this resignates and captures journey of being mindful. Looking forward to being apart of this on a daily basis.
    again thanks

  276. This is wonderful. Thank you Christine.

  277. Anita says:

    This is perfect as I approach my personal new year's day. Thanks Christine!

  278. Paulita says:

    Blessings to all of us on our paths.

  279. Lisa Barnes says:

    Thanks for the Manifesto. Clear, simple, and full of heart.

  280. Ted says:

    I begin again. Thanks.

  281. Mandy says:

    Beautiful ….. Simplicity …… with gratitude and thanks.

  282. Nancy Schuette says:

    Christine! Thank you so much for helping me along this path, to recommitting each time to living as a monk in the world and to finding a community of people who are on a similar path. It feeds my body and soul as I am sure it does to so many others, you are doing God's work.

  283. Thank you, Christine!

  284. This is lovely Christine. Thank you.

  285. deAnn Roe says:

    I'm game. Looking forward to being more monk-like. I need it. Grace & peace, deAnn

  286. Mary says:

    Consider me "signed"!

  287. Phil Ewing says:

    I'm in !
    Look forward to it

  288. Invocemus says:

    Signed, with gratitude.

  289. Michaela says:

    Thank you for this. Look forward to giving it a go

  290. Michael says:

    Looking forward to the connection with kindred spirits.

  291. Kelly says:

    I've been living like a monk in the world for years, but never claimed it in public. Today I do so :-)

  292. Maria Evans says:

    People for years have been telling me I'm a "secular monastic," and for the last two years my spiritual practices have been going that way, too.

  293. Lin Cashman says:

    I want to sign the Monk Manifesto.

    Is this where I do it?

  294. Kel says:

    I was a participant in the inaugural "Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist" course, and sign this manifesto as a continued commitment to live out these intentions and practices.

    And now I'm off to meet all these other Monky folk :)

  295. Maddie Bruhn says:

    Found still another: "Two roads diverged in the wood". At this crossroads I lovingly commit to the one marked the Monk's Manifesto and in the end that surely will make "all the difference."

  296. Jose N. Crespo says:

    Signed, with great joy!
    Also, I request your kind permission to offer you a spanish rendition of the text. Would like to see it spread in this language, too. Thanks.



  298. Robert Messore says:

    I hope this is the correct place to sign the Monk Manifesto

    Robert Messore

  299. Margot says:

    this articulates what life is about for me–I'm signing!

  300. ayn says:

    I sign with elation to have found an environ that enhances, enriches and enables me….. my souls sighed with delight at the possibilities ahead….

  301. Joel Levey says:

    Dear Christine – It's Wonderful to discover your site and all that you so generously offer here – and to find you are in Seattle – we live by Green Lake – and have small contemplative center on the Big Island ( We also teach for the ArtMonks at the ArtMonastery Project — which you might find interesting – – which – We'll tell our ArtMonks Network about you too! Blessings to you and all. Joel Levey

  302. Ronald Dombroski says:

    I am so happy to have found you. I made a commitment to live as a monk in the world a number of years ago. This is just what I need – companions on the contemplative journey!

  303. William says:

    Thank you for the call, the reminder, the inspiration.

  304. Padraic says:

    Hope we actually meet each other at some point ! Fantastic. glad to be here. Padraic , Ireland.

  305. joanna says:

    So happy you are here for us!

  306. Peggy says:

    I'm looking forward to this new journey and sharing the path with you all.

  307. Lynn says:

    A Divine appointment, that I should discover this website at this time…recently retired (middle school English teacher) looking for a time of contemplation and silence as I rest, reflect and ask God to "restore my soul".

  308. Fran says:

    You have put into words what has been rolling around in my heart for months. Thank you for verbalizing my deepest desires. I look forward to this journey.

  309. Sheila says:

    I feel like I've been holding my breath for a long time and your words have helped me breath again! Thank you

  310. Peggy Kern says:

    I'm grateful for the seven-day course and for the site which give us tools to inspire us in our journey.

  311. marilyn doyle says:

    It is just so refreshing to find others who think similiar to myself and find life in following the journey into the mystery of the unfolding….. whatever that is to be!!!. I welcome this Gift.

  312. Genora Powell says:

    The Holy spirit shines out in each word you write. Thank you for sharing your gift of spirit with all who find you in the world.
    What a blessing you are. I commit to “The way of the Monk” in my life each and every precious moment I breath.
    Walking in beauty, Genora alive & awakening in Washington State

  313. Janis says:

    Finally . . . the company of other people who think like me. What a gift to find the Abbey of the Arts.

  314. don-yella says:

    Praise God fellow pilgrims.

  315. Kate says:

    I am SO thankful my friend sent your website my way!
    Another way that God provides exactly what we need and what he wants us to see at just the exact moment! I too consider this a divine appointment!
    Thank you! I will sign the Monk Manifesto and am very excited to take these principles further than I have already been doing. Blessings!

  316. Bernie says:

    What a wonderful idea! look forward to journeying with you


  317. Ironically – this seems to be the boost for my practice that I had been praying for. Time will tell for sure.

  318. Fred says:

    Having lived in the Middle East for a number of years and seeing and visiting the monks and monestaries there, my heart has long envied them and their way of life. While I don't know that I could withdraw as completely as they have, still their calm, introspective and prayerful attitude to life seems somehow more natural than the frenetic, noisy pace into which we get caught. This seems to answer a void that I long to see filled.

  319. Lyne says:

    thank you for this gift…

  320. I am immersed in your book "Awakening The Creative Spirit"…..thank you for your amazing work in the world.
    Love and Light

  321. Antonia says:

    I am delighted to sign the Monk Manifesto and look forward to becoming part of this community. Advent blessings to you all.

  322. hannah says:

    Thank you for your inspirations ; I feel inspired again!

  323. Jill says:

    What a wonderful holiday gift to find this website and start a journey into the new year.

  324. Edelle Rose says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to explore with you and others the amazing world of possibilities when we open our hearts to Spirit. I am very grateful for your work.

  325. I feel so uplifted by these words…I have been longing to say them!

  326. Kimberly Walker says:

    My heart is singing as I join the chorus of voices that have already made a spirit, soul, and body commitment to live in the world as ONE with Christ in Love. Thank you for the invitation. Shalom.

  327. Joan says:

    I am blessed to find and share this inspiring community.

  328. Dori says:

    Thank you for your inspiring words. May we all grow in compassion…..

  329. Zacharias says:

    It is good to find another voice in the desert that also serves as a mentor for others in this walk that has chosen us. Blessings to you, Christine. To formulate what we do as Solitaries of the Word into a Creed, a Manifesto to live by, serves as a reminder of our daily purpose and why it was we were called to leave the secular world behind. It is my pleasure to sign it, and to affirm it.

  330. Gari Sprott says:

    Charged, Humbled and Honored to sign this Manifesto.
    Alan Kaufman's words from 1.16.11 seem appropriate here:

    The mind dreams and the heart hopes and the hands do, and the impossible becomes manifest and in time is understood by the grateful to be a gift called from the deepest regions of the human spirit—in order that it may be housed and preserved within each of us—to thrive and illuminate our own way forward into the world, that we may endure as the true miracles that we are, each and every one of us, here, today, gathered, each of you: a precious miracle, all of us, each human one of us, miraculous and free.

  331. Betsy McCall says:

    Thank you so much for the beauty and light that you are putting out into the world. It is contagious!

  332. bill halpin says:

    Signed, sealed, delivered…with gratitude!

  333. Seamus says:

    I was searching for a work by Thomas Merton and I found Abbey of the Arts. It has been a revelation to me and has challanged me. I have completed the 7 day e-course and I am signing the Monks Manifesto. Is this how I do it?

  334. elisa says:

    I will be because I am called to be. Thank you for a wonderful week.

  335. luigi says:

    dear christine
    Thanks for creating this .Its inspiring
    I'm eager to take the E-course
    It will have a postive effect on me for sure
    Blessings & Peace
    Rev. Luigi
    unity minister

  336. Liz C. says:

    What a beautiful manifesto and encapsulation of what I live as truth in my life!
    Thank you!

  337. Kay says:

    This is my calling.
    Thank you.

  338. thank you for your creative help in enabling me to keep on walking with faith. I am looking forward to the challenges and affirmations that will be encountered through the Easter Retreat.
    :) rosi

  339. Daniel Garcia says:

    He pasado muchos años buscando un monasterio como este, finalmente lo he encontrado. Gracias Christine.
    I have spent many years searching for a monastery like this, finally I have found. Thanks Christine.
    From my cell in Argentina

  340. Thank you for this wonderful week of guided reflection. I choose to sign the manifesto. Yours in Christ, Dawn

  341. Mary Lin says:

    This is lovely and describes the principles by which I've lived for much of my life. Thank you for articulating and externalising this Sangha.

  342. Gracia Sears says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey and helping those of us in the "wilderness!" I am enjoying the Easter Retreat.

  343. Laurie McGillivray says:

    I am happy to find friends for the journey!

  344. Annabelle says:

    I choose to sign the manifesto! I'm also printing out a copy to hang in my office as a reminder :-) Thank you for the inspiration!


  345. Mark says:

    I am grateful for this website and initiative. With humility, I sign.

  346. Glenda says:

    I choose to sign. I am a far-flung Oblate and I look forward to extending my community.

  347. I choose to join, and am thankful for this opportunity to refocus my scattered life into a contemplative, purposeful practice of God's presence.

    I sign, always remembering Soli Deo Gloria,

  348. Shirley says:

    I'm grateful to find companions to walk with…I willingly sign….

  349. Jacob says:

    Dear Christine,
    What a blessed gift.
    I stand with you and am very honored to sign the manifesto.
    Thank you.

    Yours in Christ

  350. Amen! I intend with all my heart to keep these principles as a rule of life — with God's help alone!
    * lee anne tobin

  351. Billie says:

    Thanks Christine…..constantly looking for ways to deepen and grow – grateful for friends for the journey…..


  352. Karin O says:

    Aaaaaaah. My soul just took a long, deep, refreshing drink of Spirit this past week as I walked the way of the Monk in the World. May I, and all of us, be filled with God's grace and strength to live out the monk's call day by day, step by step. Thanks Christine.

  353. Pam W says:

    I especially loved the daily prayers. Taking Sabbath will be a challenge.

  354. Gayle says:

    I'm so relieved and surprised to discover I am a monk! Now my personality makes sense and I do not walk alone.

  355. Mary B. says:

    I am a monk, by the grace of God. Thank you for providing me with a monastery where we can share…

  356. Yes, I join my fellow monks, grateful to join the community and grateful to have found an online monastery. Thank you Christine! God has formed my monk soul as I have daily sought the presence of Christ and listened to the voice of the Spirit calling me into contemplation, creativity and deeper compassion in the world. Greetings friends!

  357. Sandi says:

    This last week of being a monk has strengthened me. It is wonderful to have such a lovely, organized approach to what my heart has been calling me toward. Its a gift to have found this. Thank you.

  358. Rosemary Williams says:

    I will begin today to follow the Monk Manifesto.

  359. Mary says:

    May I make it manifest!

  360. Catherine says:

    Some of these things come naturally to me, I greatly appreciate this manifesto and commit to it wholeheartedly. Thank you very much!

  361. Jim says:

    It is refreshing to see structured approach that honors a respectful and balanced way of existing in the world.

  362. Julia says:

    I look forward to my "week." This provides some structure to things I already do, for the most part.

  363. Dolly says:

    The last week helped me look and experience a different way of being in the world and may part in it. I commit to the Monk Manifesto. Thank you for the opportunity.

  364. Junelle says:

    Love this…it so speaks to my heart…

  365. I am taking a moment to re-commit myself to this community and to this process. Thank you for sharing your gifts so freely.

  366. nicolas f thiesfeld says:

    It s a gift from God

    Thank you

  367. Craig Brown says:

    What the universal church needs for real renewal and revival and conversion — individuals committed to hearing the Word deep in their hearts and responding in all charity to how the Word will move each of us. . . . God Bless this ministry and all who come here. . .







  370. Robert Rife says:

    I've been a mystic my whole life without really understanding the full potential for the monastic spirit in the everyday. This has helped me to "bring the monastery to the machine" and live in the thin places with God. Thank you.

  371. Santie says:

    The Monk Manifesto is right on par with the way I (try to) live my life. Thank you so much, and blessed be!

  372. Kathleen says:

    I commit to following the Monk Manifesto. Peace to all of you.

  373. Marcia says:

    I commit to living the Monk Manifesto in my life. Blessings and peace to all who strive to journey on the way to deepest awareness and stillness.

  374. Peter Spohn says:

    Not long ago my wife and I told our pastor that we feel we are part of an invisible monastary and that we are longing for more companions who want to committ to a regular practice of silence and creativity. We lamented that we have found few like minded souls in our congregation. Then today I received this email and discovered that there is a community out there who think and practice as we do. Allelulia!

  375. Margaret says:

    With the help of God, I will.

  376. Deborah Hansen says:

    I am so blessed to have found this community. I have been a lonely monk for a number of years.

  377. swami ramananda says:

    I want to express my agreement to live according to the Monk Manifesto…it is completely in harmony with my intentions to embody the teachings of Yoga in my daily life.

  378. Leanne says:

    I am so grateful to have found this community and embrace the principles of the manifesto.

  379. Anneclaire Le Royer says:

    I gratefully sign this Monk Manifesto and by the grace of God, strive to live by its principles.

  380. Barbara says:

    Yes, this is who I am and who I wish to be. It's wonderful to find so many people whose hearts are leading them in the same direction. God's blessings on you all.

  381. Anne Chrisp says:

    Poised here on the verge of Christmas Day (in NZ, a few hours ahead of the USA!) seems an appropriate time to commit myself to the Monk Manifesto. Through this commitment, may I be part of bringing Christ to birth in the world. Rich blessings, monk friends!

  382. Cynthia Helton says:

    It's utterly amazing to me how God leads me. In my opinion, there are no accidents …and the course of events that led me 1st to your book as I was simply browsing Amazon ..then to this website …then to this Manifesto, are absolute confirmation to me that my spiritual path is being guided by the powerful and awesome essence of the Holy Spirit. And this Manefesto? Why, this is already my bent – albeit not nearly as refined as it needs to be. Without question I'll sign and submit to this commitment. Without question I'll relish the opportunity to continue my own transformation …and with a servant's heart, encourage others to do the same.

  383. Clifford O. Smith says:

    For about 10 years I have been "practicing" my own modified version of the Hours of the Day and, more recently, have included the daily meditation by Richard Rohr in my "Lauds" prayer periond. It is very meaningful to me, however, to be able to "identify" with a Movement of others committed to being a Monk in the Word." May those of us who sense ourselves to be "in the world but not of the world" draw support and inspiration from each other and to what we can to lovingly transform the world. Thank to Christine and the Abbey of the Arts for their creative and gererative efforts.
    Clifford O. Smith

  384. Maria Race says:

    This is a renewal of my efforts to be present in the world, to value the path with God as primary, to serve.

  385. Olivia says:

    This is exactly what I've been looking for. I love that there are 7. I think I'll take take one to ruminate on each of my daily walks. Thank you so much, and Happy New Year!

  386. Valerie Hess says:

    This is my commitment to live differently.

  387. Colleen says:

    I say Yes to Jesus and Mary as they lead me to God through contemplation and writing.

    I love you, I thank you and I surrender all that I am to you.

    All belongs to You and "all is grace"

  388. Mary Jo says:

    I wholeheartedly commit!

  389. Patricia says:

    I commit myself to this daily!


  390. Sarah says:

    I feel welcomed into my new community of monks. What a blessing! The communion of saints.

  391. Emily says:

    Wow, I just finished the 7-day e-course on being a Monk in the World. It was incredible – I felt "home". I am so eager to commit, a bit frightened – a lifetime commitment as I sit alone in my little cabin at my computer, in the chill of Michigan winter. 25 years old. I sense, though, that the commitment has been in me all along, it is who I am, this is just making it official!! To seek to receive and give love more and more. Thank you Christine for this creative expression of your faith and welcoming us on THE journey. Blessings all, and hello!

  392. Trudy says:

    I join hands with others in this amazing
    opportunity to live out the values that have
    been active in me my whole life. Thank
    you for this place, these words, images,
    and reflections. My commitment to
    this way of life has received validation
    and is strengthened by the presence
    created by your work . Thank you and may
    you be blessed as you have blessed others.

  393. Jocelyn says:

    The anticipation fills me with joy – the words of the Monk Manifesto are my invitation to enter.

  394. Margaret says:

    YES! YES!! YES!!! I'm encouraging all my friends to join with me in accepting this gracious invitation. Thank you!

  395. Mary says:

    After attending a retreat at our local monastery, I can attest that this is the answer to being present, and I really need that. With a little commitment on my part, I feel certain the rewards will be huge.

  396. Shawn says:

    I commit today to follow the principles of the Monk Manifesto. Thank you for the invitation and the insights shared through your wonderful ministry!

  397. beth says:

    I am so happy to join my brothers and sisters here, all kindred spirits. I'm an Oblate of an order, but I live far from the monastery–this is my new order for daily living and sharing. THANK YOU Christine and THANK YOU my new friends.

  398. Sharon says:

    I came upon your website a few weeks ago and instantly felt your message resonate. I have just completed your 7 day "Monk in the world" course. I have started each of the 7 mornings by reading your email message and silently reflecting on it for 10 minutes. I am amazed that this small gift to myself has made such a difference in my state of consciousness! Thank you, Christine! Many blessings to you and your readers!

  399. April says:

    I received a copy of "The Artist's Rule" for Christmas. Working through the chapters has made an incredible difference in how I see and honor my own creativity. And even more importantly, in how I see and honor my true self. Gladly joining this community.

  400. Robert Rife says:

    The weaving together into a tapestry of wholeness – contemplation, creativity, compassion – has always been the point of the integrated monastic life and the longing of my own.

  401. Sheila says:

    I have been reading on this website for over a year, but am just now signing the Monk Manifesto. I want to truly commit to living my beliefs. The kinship with nature and love of solitude come naturally. May God continue to open my heart to radical hospitality and appreciation for my capacity for creativity (that has felt lost for a long time!) Peace to all who follow Christine's leading and thank you Christine for encouraging all of us to seek peace and wisdom and live with compassion.

  402. Pam Osborne says:

    When I read the words of this manifesto, I feel something move so deep within me. At times a soft moan accompanies this movement, and I am a little surprised to find the sound has come from me as well. The things on this list are generally not what characterizes what is expected or rewarded in this culture, so I am grateful for the focus, intention, and sense of community they bring along with the opportunity to publicly express my commitment to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life.

  403. Cal Desmond-Pearson says:

    I would like to add my name to the manifesto. I am an Irish/Northumbrian Explorer in the Community of Aidan and Hilda.

  404. Kevin says:

    I commit

    • Rev. Dr. Bonnie Devlin says:

      Dear friends, thank you for the invitation to commit my life as I was first called as a child. Here I have found the community of kindred spirits I have been searching for – God bless you!

  405. carolyn says:

    in the midst of the 3rd month of a personal Year of Jubilee, almost like a Sabbath year if you will, with the accompanying rest, self-exploration, laying fallow, freedom and forgiveness, this is a perfect set of principles to which I can dedicate myself for the good of the world, myself, included. I belong to a wonderful group of women who are together following the Artist's Rule book monthly per chapter. What a wonderful community, and a powerful process which reinforces the work I am doing in solitude and quiet. Thank you for giving us the words to express a commitment to something so vital.

  406. Elizabeth says:

    A friend lent me a copy of 'The Artist's Rule' , and this lead to discovering 'The Abbey of the Arts' and the Monk in the World movement.

    I found that it resonated deeply with many initiatives that I've been trying to make in my own life (in England): to live more contemplatively, to practice hospitality and try to build community; growing more of our own food and living more simply.

    It's really inspiring and encouraging to join this e-community.
    Thank you to Christine and all the other participants.

  407. Gwen says:

    I look forward to creating community with others through this website. Thanks for doing this.

  408. Peggy says:

    The Monk Manifesto speaks deeply to the self I am praying to become. The process of "becoming" is of course a gift, but one must consent and make room for that gift. The resources I have found here at Abbey of the Arts help me do that.

    Peace and blessings–and many thanks.

  409. Susan Hajec says:

    This is a beautiful site I will explore as my heart and soul have been on this path for some time now. I'm glad we met. You may find more kindred souls at the website of who is a wondrous spiritual leader and encourager of persons to add their creativity to the world.

  410. Rhonda Morris says:

    I was taken by the word "transformation" when my grandfather had me memorize Romans 12:1,2 as a very young child. I was also determined to learn what the word "compassion" meant after I heard that same grandfather say it (I was very young at the time). These words have been the guideposts of my journey and I am still exploring their meanings. I learned a couple of decades ago that I have been a contemplative all of my life. Thanks to the influence of Kathleen Norris, I became a Benedictine Oblate, but I live in a rural area, far removed from a monastery or even any place to share with others of like mind. Thank goodness for such sites as this one!

  411. Sally Lindsay says:

    I am looking forward to the rest and best of my life!

  412. Marianna Müller de Martnez says:

    after seeking and seeking I have found you..I live in Germany and I am an Oblate since 1988 .because I live 700 km away from my convent I am now alone by myself with 76 years of age……but walking alone is very "alone " .I have been teaching such artist-things at the catholic school in Bremerhaven for 30 years……now I am very grateful having found you and I hope I have found finally MY PLACE ..after having signed the MONK MANIFESTO….I am making a picture out of it and I will hang it over my bed……….obviously these last days I am finding : yesterday a gardener to help me in my 1800 squaremeters garden and now you.PRAISE THE LORD.. I speak German , English , French and Latin… there will be no problem for understanding ……….Marianna

  413. Margo Nagle says:

    I believe I have signed the Monk Manifesto. I received and was/am nourished by the 7-Day e-course. I also signed up for the
    Newsletter but have not received that. I am telling my friends about Abbey of the Arts. This arrived at precisely the perfect time in my life. Thank you.

  414. Lynn White says:

    I just finished the seven day e-course on being a monk in the world and I am very committed to live in the way that is outlined in the Monk Manifesto. I have read Christine's book – LECTION DEVINA – and have gotten a lot out of it as I find myself doing this practice daily along with my centering prayer. I'm most trilled to be a member of this revolution.

  415. David Neilson says:

    I have just completed the e-course and found a great peace in the invitation to structure and commitment. I have,in the past few months, suffered a huge disruption due to mental health issues and see a healing pilgrimage before me as I seek to follow the way. I look forward to serving the world as a monk with care and hospitality and prayer.

  416. Rosemary Hall says:

    I am signing the Monk Manifesto because it fits in with everything that I am working on in my life at this point. Looking forward to the summer course "Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist."

  417. Deborah Hunter says:

    Christine, the Monk Manifesto dovetails with my life's walk and I am delighted to have the chance to sign on. I am so grateful that you have created the abbey for which so many of we kindred spirits may join together. I thank you immensly for your spirit and support. Looking forward to ways in which we can be and become together. Love's blessings as you transition and take sabbatical.

  418. Dolly Willey says:

    Thank you. I am so grateful I had this opportunity to sign this Monk Manifesto. I am commited to live my life in Gods service.

  419. Ron Turcotte says:

    I just finished the 7-day e-course and have committed to living as a Monk in the World.

  420. Lilian Revel says:

    I love the idea of this "Abbey without Walls". When I was a teenager in a catholic high school the nuns tried to recruit me for their convent; I seriously thought about it, but decided it was not for me. Little did they know that fifty years later I would become a Monk in the World. Thank you, Christine, for the beautiful 7-day e-course, and the other courses I have taken so far. Viel Spass in Wien!

  421. Jo says:

    I, also, have just finished the 7-day course and am now embarking on the 7-week one. I am committed to the monk's inner journey of becoming, and I feel that I have, here, found a place of support and connection.

    I read the above posts and see there reflections of my own thoughts and feelings in response to the course and this site. I had a dream once in which a friend who had died, said to me with regard to this purpose, "It is hard to go on without encouragement and concern." I believe St Teresa of Avila said something like that. This site seems a place for that.

  422. while Steve is recovering at home from his brain injury in December, we have taken great solace in your writings – thanks, and thanks to SFTS for training you

  423. Brad Van Brauman says:


  424. Nan says:

    I am grateful for a shared vision and community on the path. Your support will be a comfort as I strive to be "in the world, but not of the world". ~Namaste

  425. Mark Dieltiens says:

    I'm so delighted to express in a formal way my commitment to live from now on as a monk in the world ! For many years I grew towards this engagement, but never found the occasion to do this in a way that suits me. This Abbey of the Arts, an abbey without walls, is a perfect community for all similar soulmates. For many years I practice zen meditation, but because I'm a christian, I'm very inspired by the benedictine way of life and that of the desert fathers and mothers. A few months ago I signed up for this e-course which convinced me to take this monk-engagement.
    Thank You, Christine, for giving me this opportunity !

  426. Ellen Ratmeyer says:

    Thank you for the invitation to go deeper as I lean into the rest of my life…with deep gratitude.

  427. Sharon Mungo says:

    I have been a Benedictine oblate for many years. In retirement, we moved away from the sisters in my "home monastery" St Mary's Monastery… once of Nauvoo, Illinois, now of Rock Island. Times of trouble and health issues have filled my last few years. I have struggled to practice alone. I am tired but even so, I live in hope. I welcome this community and look forward to …to what? to be reconnected to the Benedictine way. The rest is in God's hands…

  428. Nancy says:

    Thank you for providing this information and community – it feels like coming home. I'm looking forward to being and becoming a monk.

  429. Ally says:

    Yes, I'm in.

  430. I willingly sign on with the Manifesto and know this is the community that I have been seeking for companionship on my spiritual journey. Blessings to all.

  431. I am delighted to sign this manifesto and make a commitment to becoming more contemplative and to get acquainted with a new Spiritual community on the path.

  432. Marie Higginbotham says:

    I've been interested in the contemplative path for many years now and I'm very delighted to be part of this movement. I look forward to being uplifted daily . It will be great to have the support and friendship of like minded people to journey with. It will be like food for the journey. This is pure gift from a very understanding and loving God. How blessed I am.

  433. Julie Nemecek says:

    I share these values.

  434. Marina P says:

    I am honored to be a part of this community, I have shared these values for over a decade now, and have been gratefully enjoying exploring through the Monk In The World course… A most welcome offering to my spiritual path. I'm glad and to become part of a more formal contemplative practice.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  435. Georgia Kisslring says:

    I am so glad I wandered upon this beautiful site. I have been praying for a special place like this in my life. I feel that God led me here and answered my prayers. Thank you God, for leading me here.

  436. Beverly Stolfus says:

    I have learned so much from reading your blogs and am honored to be a part of a huge network of others seeking prayerful and thoughtful paths to a more peaceful world.

  437. kim k. says:

    This speaks deeply to my heart and soul. Many thanks for this…

  438. Sue Cash says:

    Having journeyed for many years in the land of stillness,you are helping to bring me more deeply into a place of home.

  439. Diane D. says:

    I have been very curious about the Mystics of Medieval times. (St. Teresa of Avila and St.Hildegard have been in my library for many years, two of my favorites) I was searching for the common themes of their lives. Silence, Meditation,Fasting and surrender resonated throughout. Then your book fell into my lap, by chance???? I work with collage and other media and have been praying for a more spiritual connection with my creativity.Your words resonate with my soul. Thank you for this sacred space. I sign this Manifesto with gratitude to God for leading me here.

  440. Eileen says:

    I have been seeking community to share my creative journey. I am thankful God led me here through a dear friend and beloved horse.

  441. Janet says:

    Christine, thank you for the lovely way in which you've provided us with meaningful ways to support each other as monks in the world. I love knowing that there are others out there seeking to live a different way – and I feel the community of kindred spirits gathered by your ministry. I am so grateful – and look forward to the journey of being a monk in the world!

  442. Janet Stanwyck says:

    Thank you for offering an opportunity to remember.

  443. Ayn E. DuBois says:

    Yes, and amen…

  444. Jim Johnson, PA, OblSB says:

    I'm pleased and honored to be a part of this community. I have a long history with the Cistercians / Benedictines and I view this as an extension of that larger community. Thank you for the opportunity to cojourn with others on the path.


  445. Julie Szolek-Van Valkenburgh says:

    I have resonated with Christine and the principles of the Monk Manifesto since I discovered Abbey of the Arts two years ago. I am so excited to finally declare myself as a fellow monk/traveler with all of you.

  446. Kit Carlson says:

    I've signed!

  447. Morgan Wildrose says:

    Blessings. I accept these as truth.

  448. Ann Easley says:

    I share and embrace these values. I am eager to be a part of this growing community of monks around the world.

  449. Linda Morgan says:

    companions on the journey

  450. kevin hemenway says:

    It is wonderful to share life and love here with my brothers and sisters … marvelous community …

  451. Fi MacVane says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to join an online contemplative community. I sign the manifesto and will try to live it each day. Pax Christi.

  452. Jim says:

    I'm in, body, soul and spirit.

  453. jacquie says:

    IGod Bless you and all who find this site. I sign the manifesto.

  454. Cynthia Holly says:

    I happily and with conviction sign this manifesto. I share and embrace these values and am very grateful to have been introduced to this website. I look forward to continuing the journey of being a monk in the world.

  455. I am going to revise my website so that the manifesto can guide my posts.

  456. Lauren Losson says:

    A wonderful, succinct basis for developing a Rule of Life. Marvelous wisdom for anyone in the discernment process and/or seeking to life the contemplative life.

  457. Diana Malcom says:

    My intention is to stay connected and reminded of these intentions, guiding principals for an abundant life.

  458. Bonnie Giunta says:

    What an interesting journey life is! To be guided here as absolutely the most perfect moment! Incredible. My purpose is to create joy and harmony and look! Here is a fellowship doing exactly that. You have my commitment. Blessings to you.

  459. Jim Hinshaw says:

    My journey seems to have so many parallel points of contact, yet the gathering of these rules and their simplicity is so welcoming. I'm such a bad typist that the lack of cursor seems almost paradigmatic. Again I find myself wondering why I don't learn to establish a website. The journey inward has been difficult to stay on, in fact, to start on, and, so rich, that I'm deeply grateful for this means of focus. Maywe use it to choose LIFE. Grace and peace.

  460. I am a Benedictine monastic in Oakland, CA who started an urban non-resident Benedictine Community 30 years ago, dedicated to the teaching and practice of Christian Meditation. As the community continues, and I am on sabbatical, my attention was drawn to Abbey of the Arts recently. What Christine has created is what our world needs: people committed to monastic values: "Monks in the world." I am inspired and excited by this vision and I want to be more involved in its on-going life.

  461. jeanne says:

    There is something about the way Christine expresses and invites me into Monk-ness that really touches my heart. I'm so 'out' in the world in my daily work and busy busy doing something something something, that to feel the gift of this gentle journey is so inspiring to me. I never want to be to far away from the 'Manifesto' In love and light, with love and light.

  462. Amy Evans says:

    I needed to renew my monk in the world vows this morning. Thank you for coming into my life through your email newsletter and reminding me of this way of life that speaks to my soul, especially in my life's troubles.

  463. Melanie Taormina says:

    Thank you for sharing your gifts and for offering this opportunity to express and affirm our intentions toward contemplative living.

  464. I am a semi- hermit, caring for passing pilgrims on the plains of Spain. So good to find a like-minded and English-speaking community online! Keep up the good work.

  465. Kate says:

    I'm in…. thank you for this wonderful site and the Monk Manifesto. I appreciate the beautiful guideline it is for contemplative living.

  466. This gives hope to our world. Glad to be a part of it. Barbara Hazzard

  467. Patricia Quinlan says:

    I am so blessed to be living in Northern Michigan and only 40 feet away from the AuSable river. The journey inward is made simple when I allow nature to speak to me in the quiet of the flowing river. After reading the material you shared I found myself being drawn to the window to view the beauty. I did not stop there as the need to be outside was compelling. To often I take so much for granted. Today I was reminded to let go and to turn off the noisy news and be one with the river. I am hopeful. The idea of Monks in the world is wonderful. The Manifesto has planted a seed. Thank you.

  468. Randy Thomas says:

    Contemplation, Creativity, Compassion. Heartbeat and Breath for Hope in Our World. Survivability, Sustainability, Solidarity.

  469. Joy Herta Wiederkehr says:


  470. Br. Tom says:

    In addition to my vows to the Tau Community, this Monk Manifesto is a symbol of my solidarity with monks around the globe as we hold space for one another as we lead revolutionary lives—the lives we were born to lead, and to become "Channels of Peace" in the world for healing, love and compassion.

  471. Anne Dobbs says:

    Thank you for your ministry and for creating this opportunity to commit to a contemplative, cretive, compassionate way of life. You are an answer to prayer and I feel blessed to join in this journey.

  472. James Barker says:

    Thank you for developing this web site and communication system to help develop our souls in need. Love & Pax James

  473. Nancy says:

    "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me…!"
    Thank you for the opportunity to strengthen my journey with this beautiful committment.

  474. Thank you for helping me learn to follow my monastic calling while still fully engaging with the world. These tools will aid in my journey to follow the Lord's request to "be still, and know that I am God".

    Peace to you,

  475. I resonate so deeply with this. Thank you for sharing this gift, this manifesto with all of us.

  476. This is a treasured resource for all things that help us on the path toward spiritual maturity. Bravo, Christine!

  477. Thank you for another tool for transformation.

  478. Francie Gross says:

    I've always wanted to take this journey, but never quite knew where to begin. Thank you for providing the guidance and support.

  479. Caroline Moore says:

    Abbey of the Arts has already meant so much to me that I cannot but submit to this Manifesto. I look forward to the onward journey.

  480. Yvonne Morland says:

    I have just accessed the Monk Manifesto and it chimes SO WELL with where I am at in a time of transition and renewed intention that I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE, SUPPORT AND COMMIT TO THE MANIFESTO.
    Thank you for your inspiration and guidance. Shalom

  481. kara emmy' says:

    I swim in my gratitude.

  482. Doris says:

    I didn't know how hungry I was for something like this, until I found this website. I agree!

  483. julie+ says:

    I so need this right now. Thank you!

  484. Cindy says:

    I am ready. I am at a point of great change in my life. I am excited to begin!

  485. julie r says:

    grace upon grace – thank you!

  486. Mona says:

    This is so inline with my work as a Music-Thanatologist from Chalice of Repose Project. Thank you!

  487. Fiona St. Clair says:

    Finding your website and the Monk Manifesto could not have come at a more auspicious time for me. 2013 is promising to be a year of challenges and of transformation and learning, and this little rule will be a welcome companion. Thank you.

  488. Whitney says:

    Blessings to you and thankful for your companionship on the journey, my friends.

  489. sharon says:

    … compassion, contemplation, creation … I commit to allow each moment …

  490. Naomi says:

    Welcoming guidance on the continual transformative adventure.

  491. Allie says:

    This resonates with me so much!

    I commit myself joyfully to following these principles of life, they confirm a lot of what is already within and it is great to join fellow travelers …

  492. gwen says:

    I joyfully join with others on this journey.

  493. Anne Darling says:

    I have been following your posts for a while now and can't remember whether or not I have signed the Manifesto. But even if I have, I want to resign it and dedicate myself to its principles in the forthcoming year. Blessings to you Christine, and deep gratitude for your work.

  494. carol says:

    I commit to share this journey.

  495. Patricia says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  496. Lori says:

    AMEN! Abundance, Joy, Peace and Presence to you all.

  497. mary petrie says:

    committment is the word for me for 2013.

  498. Adrianne says:

    I join this walk, too.

  499. R C Salinas says:

    On awakening this morning the word came to me:FULLNESS and this came from the Gospel according to John I:16 "from his fullness we have all received…" Thank you Christine. It has been heartwarming and filling.

  500. Carolyn says:

    This Monk Manifesto feels like right where I'm at. Blessings to you, Christine, for the guidance and online community.

  501. Linda Pearson says:

    I'm in!

  502. Faith says:

    I'm willing and able to join in this commitment!!!

  503. Caryn Blanton says:

    With a grateful heart, I join the monk revolution! So exciting to find a group of like-minded soul mates.

  504. Tamara says:

    I haven't been so excited about anything, ever! Thank you Christine for providing online what is not available to me in the world–the ability to be a monk! With great joy and gratitude I join this community. God bless you!

  505. Edna Thomas says:

    I give thanks and praise for this site. I have added this to my sign posts on my road to transformation.

  506. Julia Madden says:

    Thank you for this site. I loved the Monk in the World. This has renewed me! I look forward to being a part of this community.

  507. Janna Gosselin says:

    With gratitude for this site, I commit whole-heartedly and joyfully to following the ideals expressed in this Manifesto and incorporating them into my journey as I strive to be a monk in the world.

  508. Angie says:

    What a joy to discover this website! I am so thankful to find that there are others out there like me! I commit to the Monk Manifesto in the understanding that my supreme commitment is to the Word of God above all others. I am excited about discovering the resources here to help me become a monk in the world.

  509. Patricia Skinner Patterson says:

    Stepping into and claiming space for comtemplation and connection in this modern world. In gratitiude!

  510. Faith says:

    I believe that being "like a Monk" helps bring a person into closer reflection within themselves for a better purpose to be used by our Creator while we are alive.

    Thanks for the beautiful music and art clips!

  511. Pat says:

    Taking transient living and becoming rooted in a spiritual pratice.

  512. Lynn Alsup says:

    Gratefully on the journey with you all.

  513. JanetLee Dale says:

    Love this

  514. Lisa says:

    Establishing deeper spiritual practice and an outlet for creativity will give me tools to move forward and have abundant living as I deal with major changes in my life.

  515. jon rinnander says:

    Delighted to reaffirm these goals and to integrate
    them into daily practice with joy

  516. Dr. Linda Bielowski says:

    I am moved beyond words…to seek God with other contemplatives!
    To go into my cave, my cell, in holy silence with divine guidance.
    Thank you for this blessing!

  517. Shaleen says:

    It is a privilege to "be alone together" on the journey.

    Thank you for providing so many resources and blessing!

  518. James Stewart says:

    There is such a need for a virtual/contemplative community today. Thanks for the gift of being part of the Abbey! I will share this with our Merton Contemplative Initiative, here in NY. PAX.

  519. Robyn says:

    I sign the Monk Manifesto. and commit myself to the journey. I commit myself to each and every intention listed.

  520. Janice says:

    I recently made two transforming changes in my life: retiring from teaching, and joining a Christian church. I can see that this Abbey will support me in my efforts to live abundantly, creatively and generously alone and in community. Thank you!

  521. Phyllis says:

    Always we begin again.

  522. I'm happy to commit myself a living as best I can as a monk.


  523. Isaura Barrera says:

    Thank you for your generous sharing of this gift.

  524. Chickie Priest says:

    What a gift this journey is! I commit! Together, we begin again!

    Lenten blessings, joy and peace! With heartfelt thanks!

  525. M. Francis says:

    With gratitude I take my first steps among you. It is good to be here.

    Bowing to you all,
    M. Francis
    (Hilary Grace in Care for Creation Monastery at Monasteries of the Heart; Maria Francis is my 'real' name)

  526. Kate says:

    Walking quietly beside you.
    Love & prayers x

  527. Dave LaRocca says:


    I wanted to state my solidarity to the Monk Manifesto; and try to employ, nuture,
    and preserve those aspects pertaining to Monk-dom and God.
    I discovered your site through your books. I like what your vision entails. I'm planning on sending you an email later just to say hello, etc.

    Thanks and blessings,
    Dave LaRocca

  528. What a gift to be part of this inspired and inspiring community. I love having connections to walk the journey. I commit to be a monk in the world! thank you for helping me wrap words around a soul desire.

    • Paul Teed says:

      I am delighted to find this rich and open spiritual presence on the web. It points to all of the directions my own spiritual life has been heading. What a joy to begin living as a Monk in the World!

  529. Sonja says:

    Thankyou for offering this opportunity to commit to this sacred path. I commit

  530. Sue says:

    Thank you for the gift of this website, the podcasts and connections within it. Living in the way of the Monk Manifesto is a joy.

  531. Dennis Overlien says:

    I commit to this wonderful manifesto of being a monk in the world and what that means! I believe
    that living this every day is what we are called to do! God Bless!

  532. Louisa Brazzoni says:

    This Way, reinforces chosen life style in progress. I am grateful to have found it. Looking forward to more nourishment for the journey.

    Blessings to all .

  533. Karen says:

    I honor and commit to this call on my heart to live the Monk Manifesto, peace is in the journey!

  534. Kate says:

    I am thrilled to have found this community of fellow monks in the world. Long may we journey, care for the earth, and create together! Blessings, fellow monastics…Kate

  535. Jimmy Baker says:

    After spending two years in intense study and practice of classic spiritual disciplines, I commiy myself to this online community and the monastic way.

  536. jas3003 says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I was a member of a religious order earlier in life for a number of years. Am so pleased to be a monk in the world now and agree with all my brothers and sisters that this is the way we should all live daily in or out of a formal religious order.

  537. Rebecca Hargus says:

    I commit to being a monk in the world. I am a seeker with a longing to find a closeness to the Divine. I feel this is how I should live everyday of my life. I believe I was meant to find this site, and I am thankful to have found like-minded people who are searching along the same path.

  538. Kimberly says:

    I'm so excited that I've been led (guided) to this wonderful resource and online community. I wholeheartedly commit myself to being a monk in the world; expressing my creativity, compassion and approaching life in a contemplative manner.

  539. Thomas says:

    I once made a commitment to a religious order as an associate of the community (like an oblate). I left the order when I was no longer able to truly be in community with them. This online community is just what I've been praying for, as I still feel the need to continue the spiritual practices that I learned with the order, and I commit myself to being a monk in the world and pursuing a more contemplative life.

  540. Lois says:

    I am currently in the process of cultivating my inner artist which has been neglected for a long time. In this process I have become aware that, for me, a connection to the divine is essential so that my artistic connection has real meaning. Being led to this website and the concept of being a "monk" in the world is helping me to see the divine connections in my life and to develop this side of my artistic self.

  541. Nancy says:

    I was led here after a day of rest and studying the Word. I hear God calling in this, so I will definitely try to apply the seven principles of being a monk in the world.

  542. David says:

    I fully commit to this manifesto and aim to centre it at the heart of my day to day life.

  543. Katie says:

    I wan to grow closer to my Savior.

  544. Rev. Rae Trenerry says:

    I'm so delighted to have found this online Abbey of the Arts, where I can celebrate the contemplative photographer / writer within. I will endeavour each day to honour God's creation around me in words and images, working towards publishing books of my work. Australia is such an amazing place!
    (I'm an ordained woman, living in Sydney)

    Rev. Rae Trenerry

  545. Metta says:

    Christine, it was such a joy to discover your website. I am so very happy to be part of this online community and commit to the principles of the Monk Manifesto.

  546. Linda says:

    After many many retreats to the Abbey of Gethsemani, I long for the solitude and peace that they enjoy as monks. Hopefully this will help me maintain that attitude between retreats.

  547. Beckie Boger says:

    I, too, believe that I was led to this site and this blessed community! I have always wanted to be a monk, crave solitude and contemplation, pray with my life as a creative in this world and am deeply attracted to simplicity- a perfect storm for joining up with this monk revolution! I humbly commit to these 7 principles to live a compassionate, contemplative, creative life as a monk in the world! Thank you Christine :>)

  548. Judy says:

    What simple tenets to live by. I'm thankful for finding this website that has put everything I strive for in a simple manifesto.

  549. Patricia Lewis says:

    I was a "monk in the world" since I was young, even though I did not know to call myself that. So grateful that being a monk does not necessarily mean that one has to live in a monastery, desert, or hermitage (although on days that sounds like a good idea :) Thank you for the tenets – they are rich and deep, yet uncluttered – ones to which I choose to commit

  550. Eileen Grimaldi says:

    I am so grateful for this website, for Christine and her blessed work, and for this reminder to slow down, to meditate, to Be, and to fulfill the tenets of my life.

  551. Kris says:

    I commit to following this manifesto as I live and serve in the world.

  552. Sister Rosemarie says:

    Thank you for this monastic wisdom shared… let us join hearts in gratitude…

  553. Cullen says:

    Thank you, Christine for your generosity in making all these wonderful resources available for free. I wholeheartedly support the Monk Manifesto and will share it with many other "monks in the world".

  554. Marie Murphy says:

    What a delight to discover your website and to join an online community with contemplative values. Many thanks.

  555. Sarah Gundry says:

    Having been loosely linked with the Abbey of the Arts having done the Lectio Divina and Eyes of the Heart online courses, I now feel that my life has moved towards that of a Monk in the World. I therefore commit to following the seven principles of being Monk in the World in my daily living. Thank you Christine for all you help and guidance along the way.

  556. Unity of all creation is the reality – interdependent and interrelated on all levels of existence; micro, macro and quantum. No boundaries, no division, a unified whole sensed more than intellectualized; an understanding that emerges from the stillness that comes of silence.

    A beautiful thing! Peace, bliss, knowingness, and love

    I commit to the Monk Manifesto wholeheartedly!

  557. francesca says:

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.

    Thank you very much and looking forward for more informative articles in the future. Bookmarked!

  558. Karen O'Brien says:

    Thank you for this wonderful resource! I commit to the Monk Manifesto, and to "always beginning again" each day! Blessings on all your endeavors!

  559. Zane says:

    I am constantly beginning the journey. Sometimes it feels like failure ("you're not getting anywhere"). But this is affirming to think I am on the path.

  560. Michelle Quinn says:

    Thank you for this amazing, life-saving, life-enhancing gift of the Abbey of the Arts.

    With daily prayers and sincere gratitude,

  561. Lesley Brown says:

    I wish to share this way of praying and getting close to God with others

  562. Basically, you have written the very manifesto that I have wished to write and to live for many years now. Thanks so much!

    I commit to this manifesto with the movements of my body, the winds of my mind, the waters of my heart and the singing of my soul! May God bless all ouf journies!


  563. Hee. I meant may God bless our journeys

  564. Barb Morris says:

    I wholeheartedly sign the Monk Manifesto. Thanks for putting into words what my heart yearns for.

  565. Cindy Lufkin says:

    I've been coming to the Abbey for about a year, having found it through Facebook. I was even blessed to take a retreat here this past Lent. Only now do I sign, because I've had trouble finding a Sabbath (hazard of working for a church), and although I have trouble sometimes, I'm more intentional of the need for that.

  566. Cyndie says:

    As a perpetual seeker, I have found the expressed essence of my deepest longing. As such, I formally commit to the monk manifesto which resonates deeply to the depths of my soul. Considering it all grace as I begin again.

  567. Jeffrey says:

    After 49 years as a loyal "church guy," I find myself beginning again. I aspire to "a deeper way of being."

  568. Loretta Klem says:

    I am a Secular Franciscan and I am so glad to be making this journey of Monk in the World. St. Bonaventure says that monks who live in the world, such as Franciscans, bring their cells with them into the world. Everyday is a conversion for me because everyday brings new challenges and opportunities to develop my relationship with my Lord in a deeper way while still being a in the world.

  569. Rae Dollard says:

    I will strive to live by this manifesto. I feel that it will be of benefit to me and to others.

  570. What a blessing to discover this Abbey and manifesto! As a Benedictine oblate in Butte, Mt, community is a little sparse but the Abbey of the Arts is wonderful community and I look forward to more connections…may it be so. Susan

  571. Victoria says:

    Thanks, Christine, for sharing your gifts through the Abbey of the Arts.
    Sending you prayers, gratitude and many blessings,

  572. Paulette Macdonald says:

    Thank you. I am grateful. Warmest regards, Paulette

  573. Cherie says:

    What a blessing to find a community of kindred spirits to share this journey!

  574. Stephanie says:

    It is blessing to sign this manifesto and to walk this road with others whose hearts yearn after the contemplative, compassionate and creative life. Thank you for this gift.

    Deep Peace,

  575. Susan says:

    I am glad to join the community that lives by the Monk Manifesto

  576. the tingling in my soul from reading through this manifesto is similar to the first kiss i shared with my husband and the moment i first held my daughter. my creative bones are happy to be noticed again, and my solitude is validated. so looking forward to this journey, and to meeting some kindreds in the process.


  577. Candace says:

    Thank you! My body, mind and spirit crave monk love. I'm so excited to share this with many other sisters who also feel drawn to being and living as a monk in this world. With gratitude, I whole heartedly sign this manifesto!

  578. Dori says:

    I agree to the things listed in the Monk Manifesto! Many of those things are already apart of my daily life! I will continue on that path!

  579. The image of the dancing monk in the world resonates with me, and I gratefully sign this Monk Manifesto. I look forward to partnering with all of you as we mutually support one another in the way of contemplation, creativity, transformation, and collaboration with the movement of the Divine Lover within our entire beautiful expanding universe.

  580. Marcia says:

    This feels like a joyous homecoming to me! Finally I have found a community of like minded journeyers. Thank-you so much for creating this opportunity. I desire to contribute with love and with grace.

  581. Sandy says:

    I am committing, exploring, listening, being still…

  582. Ellie says:

    I welcome the invitation to join this community of monks in the world and to share the ups and downs of the journey of the heart.

  583. Nan McEvoy says:

    Be STILL and KNOW….

  584. Val Parks says:

    I will be taking this into my work with animals as well as into the deepest parts of my own being. Thank you for being here. Blessings & Love.

  585. Scotty Parks says:

    As our little group of contemplative Franciscans
    Le Jongleurs de Dieu

    ( The Clowns of God

    this being the same name

    Francis first gave his

    little group of friends)
    Lives these principals already . Hooray for "Disorders"!!!

  586. Scotty Parks says:

    oops " principles" hey dis-order right ?

  587. Julie says:


  588. Beth says:

    I am a dancing monk!

  589. nancy says:

    now i know what i want to be when i grow up_a monk. a dancing monk? a monkeying monk, a monk of integrity and whimsy, a monk of humility, a monk on a decrepit steed with crooked lance to connect straight with the heart of others.

  590. Elaine says:

    For too long, God has been desiring me. It is time to let her into my heart.

  591. Robert Walk says:

    I commit myself to the discernment and release of the inner monk at home, in relationships, at work, in my home church, and in the larger world.

  592. Connie says:

    I so commit.

  593. Betty Cooper says:

    I commit to being a Monk in the world, a Dancing Monk!

  594. Candy says:

    This resonates so deeply in me. I'm excited to start the dance!

  595. sandra says:

    YES! I commit to being part of the Disorder of Dancing Monks, listening, moving, praying, creating.

  596. Bhavana says:

    I am so grateful to find this Abbey. I commit to bring all these principles into my daily life.

  597. Mary Pineda says:

    I make the commitment to become a Dancing Monk.
    I feel reassured by the introduction stating that TO NOT KNOW is the point! I have been afraid to let go. My brain serves me well but I know I am missing something important to my life that I don't want to miss out on experiencing. Stepping out into the unknown is scary yet somehow I KNOW that the other dancing monks will buoy me up because you are all on the same path.

  598. Lynn Happ says:

    I commit to being a Dancing Monk who wears a smile within her heart.

  599. I commit to being a disorderly dancing monk and to do my best to encourage my children and those in my parish to do the same.

  600. Pat says:

    Christine, Once again Thank You for offering us this Abbey of the Arts what a gift you are to us !!

    I commit to being a Monk in the World and Dancing along the way ! And how wonderful to have this online community to travel with .

    Peace !

  601. Pamela says:

    Yes! I commit! Joyful at all kindred spirits here!

  602. Debra Nurthen says:

    To be is to fly like the eagle, free and alive

  603. Sue Reeves says:

    Yes, I'm ready to start.

  604. Ginny says:

    I commit to finding solitude on a daily basis, to nurture healthy habits, to practice compassion, and to dance.

  605. Kathleen (kat) says:

    I do, indeed.

  606. What a gift to be part of this community.

  607. Lynn Happ says:

    Not sure if I am still a member of this community. If I'm not, then please simply recognize that all of me looks forward to walking through a 'doorway' that leads to where I've never been before!

  608. I am thankful for the vision of this community and for the growth in Spiritual discernment and listening that is being affirmed and challenged within me.

  609. Yossi says:

    I stand with all who walk the way of living the inner monk within the world…

  610. Jeanine says:

    LOVE this! I'm in!! :)

  611. Suzanne Tindall says:

    Thank you for including me here. The monk manifesto describes the way I want to live my life.

  612. "There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place,
    And I know that it's the spirit of the Lord;
    There are sweet expressions on each face,
    And I know that it's the presence of the Lord."
    ~ Doris Akers

  613. Peter Byl says:

    Thank you for including me.
    "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…"

  614. Tara Eastman says:

    Count me in! My heart is with all that the Monk Manifesto is – and in the juggling of life I pledge to take some steps to come closer to walking with you in The Way.

  615. Linda Kelly-Baker says:

    I am dancing with joy to have found this community, and am finding the 7-day e-course renewing and grounding. I look forward to dancing with all of you in spirit.

  616. Martha Krueger says:

    I'm excited about both the vision and inner compass of the monk manifesto! Glad to be a part of the community.

  617. Colleen V. says:

    SO grateful to participate, to be inspired, to grow. A real joy!

  618. jai kartar says:

    how sweet it is to be participating with fellow monks-love and light jai kartar

  619. Scotty Parks says:

    Thank you for your effort and your vision. Thank you your life and the constant
    ( obvious) opening and reopening of your heart . Thank you for unknown friends and fellows following the path. Thank you from this old monk that began the journey oh so long ago in Scotland and now continues in Maine.
    Peace and all good light
    Hooray !

  620. Marla says:

    Count me in! I love this. It is similar to what I'd been feeling but not found a doorway into previously.

  621. Lori H Whittemore says:

    And so begins my monastic journey!

  622. Lynda Myers says:

    Being part of the Abbey of the Arts has been — and continues to be — a light in my life.

  623. Tanya L. says:

    I feel privileged to be a part of this community of monks in the world.

  624. Claire says:

    We are already monks. Thanks for the invitation to live it more consciously.

  625. Elaine Carroll Johnston says:

    What a wonderful journey we are on with lovely kindred spirits along the way!

  626. Sandy says:

    I am pleased to be able to participate with all of you Dancing Monks!! Many years ago in prayer I was asked to Dance….and I was afraid. .. no More. My answer is Yes, Let it Be!

  627. Naureen says:

    Thank you and YES!

  628. Artist-monk, all of my life, really.

  629. Paul Harvie says:

    This isn great. I am on

  630. Barb Doerrer-Peacock says:

    I'm definately a monk in the world…definately wandering, not quite yet dancing…but hope to be soon!

  631. Barb Doerrer-Peacock says:

    I'm definately a monk – sometimes in the world, sometimes out, definately wandering, probably not quite dancing, but I hope to be soon!

  632. I celebrate the dancing path of monkitude and magnanimous, marvelous, magical mellifluous mystery made flesh!

  633. Imogen says:

    I love the new principle and want to reaffirm my desire to live by these principles

  634. I am excited to find this community. I celebrate and desire to live by these principles.

  635. Debra J Webb says:

    I am fully committed to being compassionate, loving, learning, sharing, growing, evolving in God's Spirit and His Love!
    God's Blessings

  636. Carole Gauthier Lancon says:

    I'm a monk/artist living in paradise on the Louisiana Bayous & am so happy to find this group. Will definitely share with my Cajun community of like-minded souls!!

  637. Leah says:

    This is wonderful! I commit to the Monk's Manifesto! So beautifully and soul-fully worded! Thank you!

  638. Wendy Molnar says:

    I hereby commit.

  639. Janelle Schneider says:

    You've given words to what has been the motivating force for my life for the past couple of years, and will steer my course for the rest of my life. Thank you!

  640. Cynthia Zeiler says:

    Dancing Monks in the World…

    give Life
    breathe Love

    allow the Divine to flow through their movement

    as the Joy of all Joys is reflected from their hearts;

    Hope is manifest by their words

    Faith is increased by their actions

    Generosity is practiced through hospitality

    as Kindness shows it's forgiveness when self control is lacking;

    Faithful to commitments
    Peaceful in silence

    Gentle with themselves and others

    these disorderly dancing monks are my teachers; my friends; my guides.

  641. Pam says:

    I commit.

  642. Rebecca Blackwell says:

    I joyfully and eagerly commit to creative, dancing monkitude. (Don't know who created this icon, but it is one of my favorites!)

  643. Jennifer says:

    I happened upon the Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks with perfect timing.

    "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

  644. Gabriella Dahalia says:

    I am honestly humbled to have found this and at the correct timing, no coincidences indeed! I am among the disordered dancing monks in this world…wishing and creating a compassionate and loving presence in this life.

  645. Kia ora, I am inspired and sense deep welcome to my soul for the 'coming home' season in my life. Dancing turns life upside down and inside out, twirling, moving, stilling, breathing, flowering powerful 'beingness' present and enlightened to go 'be' the change I desire to see in our world. Arohanui, in Maori from New Zealand, big love, much love, Spirit love!!!! Susannah

  646. Elizabeth Burgert says:

    Peaceful abidings, brothers and sisters of the dancing disorder – have I got that right? I don't have coffee brewing yet and this is the cat's fault (Olive, named after Mary Oliver).

    A while ago I bookmarked this website with the same feelings as one has planting bulbs, or baking a favorite desert to share with others; it would have to wait.

    The time for celebration is here, the winter is past and flowers appear on the shore.

    Thank you for being here, namaste.

  647. Rosanna says:

    I have been a self-proclaimed, solitary, dancing and writing monkess for almost 20 years.

    It was a surprise to discover this group. Glad to be with kindred souls.

  648. Carol Maher says:

    I am grateful having found this creative, prayerful community from all over the world. I join you in the "dance"….

  649. Michael says:

    I am committed!!!!

  650. jai kartar says:

    I walk in graceful and grateful solidarity with each of you-love Jai kartar

  651. Bethany says:

    I have recently begun the journey toward a prayerful relationship with God. I am grateful to have found this wonderful place to learn about practices and deepen my spiritual understanding.
    w/ <3 B

  652. Judith Hammond says:

    Yes to being a monkess in the world!!!! 'Tis a fine homecoming! Deep gratitude for this connection!

  653. Bobbie Bouvier-Morris says:

    How delicious to find you all here – and dancing. Can't claim to be dancing now,
    but I will soon. Blessings, Bobbie

  654. Carrie Link says:

    How my soul rejoices!
    I am committed to be a monk in the world.

  655. Cynthia Gallo Callan says:

    So many signs

  656. Cynthia Gallo Callan says:

    Been journeying a long time and have become so aware of new signs and enlightenment. I commit to the new gifts and challenges our God has ready for me. Blessings and Namaste.

  657. Alex Gilchrist says:

    In solidarity!

  658. Bill Callan says:

    As usual, I join my wife in this journey as we venture as Monks, side by side, in solitude and solidarity. Both creative in our own unique ways.

  659. Keewaj says:

    Silence, solitude, and solidarity!

  660. anne says:

    I think I signed this a long time ago…but just to be sure! <3

  661. Darian says:

    Let there be dance! A dance of commitment….

  662. Alice says:


  663. Marscha says:

    Scary, exciting, challenging!

  664. Fiona Grace says:

    Joyfully, and gratefully, I do!

  665. Margie Ann says:

    Yes, I sign the manifesto, and shall do my best to manifest its purpose in my life and the lives I may influence. More power to the artistry of life and the wisdom found in silence.

  666. Caroline Moore says:

    I commit to this, and know that in doing so, it opens up the way for the renewing, refreshing, healing springs of living water to dance within me and in the world around.

  667. I am not sure where to sign the manifesto so I will do it herewith.

    I freely choose to commit to being a Dancing Monk in the world. I already am so this just makes it official!

  668. Debbie Clark says:

    I commit to these principles – joyfully!

  669. I commit joyfully and with gladness in my heart!

  670. Jana Jopson says:

    I was introduced to this site through Waverly Fitzgerald and am so delighted to explore it, to get to know you, and to read this brilliant manifesto.

  671. meheret fikre-sellassie says:

    i accept with gratitude!

  672. JudyLisette Martin says:

    I commit to this with delight. It is what I have been seeking but more, as the artist in me is welcome as well as my spirit. Praise the Lord for his all embracing grace and love in all he does.

  673. Deborah Abram says:

    I accept with joy and glee.

  674. Liz Morris says:

    A year later I am finally ready to publicly claim my monkhood and join all of you in this commitment. Thank you Christine for all you do. Alleluia.

  675. Karen says:

    It's time.

  676. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    It's taken me a long time to totally commit to being a monk in the world. God is forever patient with my hesitation.

    With great inner peace and joy I commit !

  677. Ted Adams says:

    I am in awe of what God is doing and that I can be a monk for the Lord. This is exciting and dancing with joy, being attendant to kindness and love to others and for others, showing the love of God in Jesus. I look forward to wonderful full days of wonder, delight and joy.

  678. Fiona Grace says:

    Yes, I cherish this formal signing to this commitment. thank you!

  679. Jan Hoffman says:

    Blessed to finally join! Thank you

  680. Deb Torell says:

    I sign this as a sacred moment! Thank you.

  681. Carol says:

    I am excited about this new opportunity to be closer to God and continue in my creative journey

  682. Karen Thorpe says:

    I am fully committed to the monk manifesto!!!!! Yippee!!!

  683. I love monk manifesto–it is a new beginning for a new year!

  684. marianne says:

    I am grateful for Abbey of the Arts and the change it has brought about in my life.

  685. Donna D'Orio says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to journey more intimately with my inner journey.


  686. paul says:

    Taking part in the 7 week monk in the world course has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to being a part of this community. Blessings!

  687. It is an honor for me to sign here. I will be a dancing monk. Thank you:-)

  688. Carol Murphy says:

    God is full of surprises!Great to find you looking forward to the journey

  689. Marilyn says:

    Yes, I want to be a monk in the world, to be in the world but not of it. How wonderful to be among like-minded others, sharing this journey. Namaste!

  690. Jill G. says:

    Blessed to be in solidarity with other pilgrims on the journey ~

  691. Cynthia says:

    With gratefulness, I make this commitment to becoming a dancing monk in the world.

  692. Carol Louise Plumer says:

    I commit myself to being a dancing monk in the world

  693. Peggy says:

    So happy to be in this community. What a happy new year it is already.

  694. Brenda says:

    I am committed to living in community with other creative, loving, and spirit-guided souls. Blessing upon you all as we journey together.

  695. Sable Keller says:

    Thankful for the online course as a sip of the ocean of possibilities. Thx for the time and prayer in its creation. Glad to be invited to a MITW!

  696. rebecca young says:

    yes yes yes

  697. leslie flynn says:

    I commit, fully aware that I am a novice. Abby of the Arts has really spoken to me over the last few months. Thank you o much for your creation if and ongoing commitment to this work.

  698. Marcy Shore says:

    When I was a child, I wanted to be a "monk". Then I "grew up" and forgot. Now, here I am. And I am ever so happy to have come home to my heart's desire!

  699. Rosie Huart says:

    Ever so ready and so present. Thank you.

  700. Sonja Neely says:

    So grateful for this, the timing is perfect.

  701. Barb Davis says:

    I am so grateful to find a community of monks to share the journey for these seven weeks.

  702. Karina says:

    Thanks for the wonderful creative ways of encouraging and supporting my Monk soul!

  703. Patricia thompson says:

    I'm so looking forward to my time of contemplation, sharing, having compassion and seeking to further the Monk manifesto.

  704. Leslie says:

    Breathing in with a heart-full gratitude for finding this space.

  705. meheret fikre-sellassie says:

    I'm so grateful to my friend and colleague who passed on to me Abbey of the Arts. I look forward to, with heartfelt gladness, the unfolding of the Soul that awaits me on this path that i have long anticipated. I can't thank you enough for making this virtual monastery available to the "monks in the world"; I will spread the word and commit to living the principles of the Monk Manifesto.

  706. Ingrid says:

    oh my goodness, there's no place like home!
    This is the most nourishing, embracing movement. Thank you!

  707. Jean Van Camp says:

    Food for the soul, guidance for the way. Yeah, I commit to this.

  708. Stephanie Bell says:

    I am excited to continue to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life. Embracing my inner Monk and grateful for this community.

  709. Jeanie Gonering says:

    A friend guided me to this website, suggesting it was 'time to come home to myself..'
    I'm so grateful for her 'gift'..and looking forward to sharing this journey with the 'Monks in the World'

  710. Karen Fisxher says:

    I have been in the wilderness. Exodus has been my word. I am happy to be coming home. I am looking forward to the dance and reconnecting with the unfolding mystery.

  711. Barb Schipper says:

    I who love solitude, stillness, the woods and the wilderness, have been stretched and admittedly challenged by this winter season. Yesterday I became a dancing monk … I am reviving and feeling gratitude. Amen!

  712. Nancy says:

    A breath, a prayer, a sigh. It feels like a call to come home. I trust the Guidance!

  713. Deana says:

    In prayer I found you. The message floated in very quietly. I wondered what was next. Benedictine spritiuality I heard, so after my prayer was done, I searched online. Your website caught my eye first and everything that was in my heart came tumbling out in your words, everything I was thinking about, being an artist, being a contemplative, longing for community. What a blessing I was guided to you!

  714. Liz Leon says:

    How wonderful to devote oneself to a contemplative and creative life!

  715. With humility and joy, I step into the embrace of this community of Monks in the World. Onward, pilgrims, onward.

  716. Mick Collins says:


  717. Patrice says:

    I embrace this structure with joy and hope. I have been heading in these directions for a long while on my own, knowing I needed structure and the sharing with others. And here it is! Thank you!! All of you who designed this, and who are participating. I am encouraged and enriched.

    • viviane says:

      I embrace it too. It is all coming together now. Yesterday, during my meditation, I doodled, and made waves and wrote. Ont thing I wrote was: "It is time. The time is NOW. It is here." I know this is very real. Then today, I receive an email with the Monk Manifesto. I am filled with gratitude. I cannot do this alone. I have tried. But the key was in the waiting.I sort of knew that too…it was not easy but, much was accomplished in the silence and in the waiting. I drew back from much activity, people and travel…and knew somehow that this was right and good as well. Thank you for being there for me to enter. I look forward to the journey.

  718. Kathleen Walk says:

    I look forward to being enriched by becoming a dancing monk.

  719. Lynn Happ says:

    This is an answer to prayer. I commit to living as Monk Manifesto body, mind and spirit. Becoming a dancing monk brings with it the promise of what true happiness is.

    I look forward to meeting fellow monks as we journey.

  720. Nancy in NC says:

    Thank you, Christine! A river in the desert!!! I commit to the Monk Manifesto as a fellow monk in the world. Peace.

  721. Mary Bethany says:

    What a gift to find a like-minded group of people with whom to share! I am grateful beyond words.

  722. Pam says:

    I am so blessed to have found this opportunity. I am eager to begin my Monk journey and discover all that it has to offer.

    Blessings to all,

  723. Justiniano, Jr. says:

    I never realize that I can find home on-line! God bless you…

  724. I am looking forward to connecting with like-minded people who appreciate the sacred unity of creation.

  725. I want to live intentionally; stop,look, appreciate, enjoy, learn, experience the sacredness all around me.

  726. James Donadio says:

    Greetings to all. My journey has been a rough one, filled with joy and regret. I would be lost in a sea of religious politics, but God continues to offer me to serve Him and His people. I shall make Him proud by my thoughts and actions. But NOW I shall do it with brothers and sisters on the same path.

  727. This is my personal commitment to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life.


  728. I am a monk in the world — a seeker — seeking and being sought. My monastery is often the numinous prairie where I find peace, Presence, and personhood.

  729. Michael Heller says:

    Today I declare myself a monk in diaspora, alone in the world but not alone. I have been a student of contemplation for six years and find my strength and peace outside among the trees that God has given us.

  730. Margaret Wilson says:

    I am committed to serve and be served by God, I commit time and effort to knowing His will in and for my life.

  731. Donna says:

    Count me in!

  732. God keeps finding me as I keep seeking ways to experience her sweet presence. I shall be a monk in the world, a guerrilla creative, springing unexpected grace from contemplation and hard work, writing and painting, and diligent wool-gathering.

  733. Jane Williams says:

    I commit to growing as a Monk in the World.

  734. viviane says:

    A resounding 'yes'…to grow, create, write., draw and embrace…to be a monk in this world. I am not alone …anymore. Thank you God. Thank you.

  735. Mary Lee says:

    I love this, Christine, and commit to growing and exploring what being a monk in the world invites me to and to the wisdom, love and compassion and contemplation of the manifesto.

  736. Ann Kelly says:

    With all my heart, mind, body and soul I comit to this maifestation of God in the world. Amen.

  737. Wanda Kosler says:

    What a Blessing, one I've been searching for so long. Now I'm home. Wanda

  738. Ardine Martinelli says:

    My heart opens and a big YES resounds. I commit to living the best I can as a Monk in the World.

  739. Dan says:

    I welcome this opportunity and accept this invitation to join with others in a commitment to inhabiting the luminous, liminal spaces where creativity and compassion flourish and feed the soul.

    Very happy to be among you!


  740. I am loving this more and more as I allow myself to take the time to read and listen with a contemplative heart and mind. I am moving to a smaller town with my wife and have already found where the Franciscans are. also, hope to connect with the local Carmelite community. I am so thankful to our Lord for this move as I will be reconnecting with family and friends I have not seen for years. thank you for your inspiration and the 8-week course on Monk in the world. I find myself not needing to sleep my life away as I feel committed to this new moment in my search and relationship with Jesus. God bless you and your wisdom br jeffrey

  741. mary ann metz says:

    I am a kindred spirit longing for others who are on the journey of discovering the many facets of God. I want more God and less religion; I want the relationship that brings inner peace that over flows into the world; I desire a world that respects all of God's creation.

  742. Bev Seitz says:

    I commit to living as a monk of the world following the guidelines. The 8 week course helped widen my horizons and put me on a new path. Blessings to you.

  743. Maureen says:

    Lent: an integration of spring cleaning and spring training for a deeper immersion into who I am and Whose I am. DARE is my word and my challenge. I accept.

  744. Betsey Davis says:

    I commit to be a partner in creativity with our Creator to bring joy by exploring the gifts given to me and sharing with others.

  745. Marilyn says:

    This is what I need right here, and right now. Thank you.

  746. Heleni says:

    Contemplation is where my soul finds rest in God, strength for the daily struggles, peace for my restless heart, joy in the love of Jesus. This Lent I find that I do need to Center more closely the activities and demands of daily living in this world, clear the debris, so to speak, clean out the unleavened bread while yearning for the holy Bread of Life at Easter.

    Thus I stumble at the doorstep of the Abbey and the 8 day course which I hope will help me in this pilgrimage.

  747. Sharon Lowy says:

    I am here and I am working to be a worthy monk. Thanks to all of you and I wish you continued blessings.

  748. I affirm the beliefs and practice of the order.

  749. Carolyn says:

    I commit to being a creative dancing monk!

  750. Paula says:


  751. Amy says:

    Oh, this is beautiful and necessary and very, very good. And I stand with you all and commit to live to the best of my ability as a Monk in the World.

  752. Susan Z says:

    Yes. Interesting that I found this website just as I was finishing writing a paper on developing and committing to a Rule of Life.




  753. virginia says:

    Thank you.

  754. Frances says:

    What an unexpected, delightful gift to discover you all on this journey. Yes!

  755. Tracie says:

    As the saying goes, the teacher appears when the student is ready. I am so ready for this – thank you!

  756. Barbara Davis says:

    It has been a wonderful gift to have this Monk Manifesto as a guide and companion over the past eight (plus) weeks. I have been on a "creative sabbatical" as I recover from surgery and chemotherapy following a diagnosis of cancer ( that is now "history").
    This series and the Artist's Rule have helped me in processing what has been a significant period in my life. I will continue to revisit the principles as I discern next steps in what it looks like to be a Monk in the World. Thank You!

  757. Lori says:

    How serendepitous! Finding this group: A timely answer to prayer.

  758. Mark says:

    Wonderful resource of support!!

  759. Thank you for the opportunity to be a monk in the world today. I'm a Mercy Associate (nigh on 20 years) and am now very grateful to have found you guys and gals. I'm committing to the Monk Manifesto today. I'm a contemplative by nature and practice Lectio Divina. I also love dancing and the arts in general. Kinship with creation is also very important, especially as much of this planet is in dire straights at present. Hospitality comes as a natural way for me as a wife, mother of four adult children and grandmother of five beautiful little gifts from God. May we always stay committed to this way of being in the world.
    May God bless you and keep you safe,

  760. Elaine says:

    I am convinced that God has led me here. It seems there are no accidents in what He sends my way. Always just what I need.

  761. yes, and thank you for creating this opportunity for deeper commitment and community.
    Caroline Marvin

  762. Kathy says:

    To all of these I commit, with hope in my heart. Thank you.

  763. Jenny Meyers says:

    I am so very grateful to become a part of this community and participate in its beautiful Rule of Life. I am looking forward to the continuing journey with all of you…

  764. dorrussell says:

    The Monk Manifesto Sooo Fits Into My Life.

    I have been searching for an Abbey of the Arts for a long time!!!

    I have a blog called The Hermitage.
    I recently found a retreat center
    Desert House of Prayer – which has hermitages
    and I was putting it on my future to do list.

    I found your site through David Frenette's facepage.
    and I am soooo happy.

    thank u for your existence!!!!!


  765. Rev. Martha M. Cruz says:

    Yes! Amen!

  766. A lovely statement which reflects much of our chosen way of life….

  767. Ricky Ferdon says:

    I state your solidarity with others who want to express their inner monk in everyday life. Remarkable that Father God leads me to this site, which I've never heard of today. Before sitting at the computer, here, I was walking my dog and the thought came to me of a blog: "Mystic in a Desert of Plenty." And here you have it: "a Monk in the world". I'll be about your other requests as well. ~ ricky

  768. Laura says:

    I found your book, The Artist's Rule, and I visited the Sisters at St Placid Priory while I stayed at the Spirituality Center. What a blessing it all is.
    Thank you, Christine

  769. Lisa L Walker says:

    Yes! I have arrived home! Thank you so much!

  770. Mary says:

    Thank you. I just stumbled upon your site. I was attracted by Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks

  771. Larissa Forsythe says:

    May it be so! Amen.

  772. Judith says:

    Such a beautiful idea in today's world. Something I have been longing for, searching for.

  773. Marguerite Sheehan says:

    Yes! This website and resources was just passed on to me by my Spiritual Director. Thanks to her and thanks to all of you I am happy and ready to sign on.

  774. I am happy to sign on.

  775. Robert McLean says:

    I agree to the principles of the Monk Manifesto.

  776. 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.

  777. 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.

  778. Amy Mercer says:

    Loving no one particularly so may love all equally

  779. Tricia Kibbe says:

    Joy is available when you open to it.

  780. Andres Munoz, Jr. says:

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

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

  782. 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.

  783. 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.

  784. 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.

  785. 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.

  786. +Daniel says:

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

  787. 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.

  788. 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!

  789. 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!

  790. Joanna ES Campbell says:

    Yes Yes Yes!

  791. 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.

  792. Kate says:

    I commit to all of the above. I have been living this for several years now, and I am glad to join in this group by agreeing to this publicly here!

  793. Laura says:

    I commit to listening with my heart and allowing myself to be recreated by the Great Artist. Content and grateful each day, especially when I begin again.

  794. Ted Adams says:

    I have been enjoying the newsletter and this manifesto speaks to my heart as I have been engaged in many of this manifesto's areas. This gives me much encouragement to continue and to engage in life more and to contemplate what it means to be in the spiritual life of Jesus Christ as a monk.

  795. Carol Somsel says:

    I commit to a life of ongoing conversion and transformation…

  796. Pamela Ashnault says:

    I have been enjoying moments of silence and solitude throughout my life. The idea of finding a community of others with whom to share this practice is exciting. I love the concepts of radical hospitality and kinship with creation. I look forward to being a dancing monk cultivating creative joy.

  797. soofman says:

    I gladly submit to the manifesto:)

  798. Elizabeth Lane says:

    I commit to contemplation, creativity and compassion…

  799. This Monk in the World course has been pure JOY! I commit to finding God in all things and being an expression of His love every day. I commit to using the arts as tools to deepen my connection to God and being with Him in the world through these great practices. Each day is a new chance to begin again, to join Him again–I love that! Blessings to all on the path.

  800. Cindy Kuhn says:

    I agree with all my heart to the eight beautiful commitments of the Monk Manifesto and join with all the other wild and wonderful dancing monks twirling across our planet with great joy, enthusiasm and acceptance. Amen, amen!

    • Mary McCue says:

      My lord, I've never read such a perfect, poetic vow in my life! What do I say after that?! I guess "I do" will be enough.

      With great respect,
      M.E. McCue

  801. Lee Spragg says:

    I commit to setting aside time morning and evening for prayer & meditation

    I commit myself to striving to live in the present moment

    I commit myself to trying to see all of God's creation as a work of love and wonder and to return that love and wonder myself.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share with others on the journey – to be supported and challenged by them and to hopefully provide support myself in return

  802. Nellie Moore says:

    I hereby commit to the joyful, loving, compassionate dance of life, I commit to the Monk Manifesto, and supporting this love and care throughout the world. May my toes, and all those I dance with, delight in the heart of being that dances in us all!

  803. I both sign the manifesto AND rejoice in having found this website and the Facebook group… some goals to attend to that speak to my soul! Thank you!

  804. Sue Beare says:

    I am very pleased to have found your site and soulful calling. Dancing with Joy,
    Sue +

  805. Pamela says:

    By the grace of God I hereby commit myself to the principles of the Monk Manifesto. I will go in peace to Dance and serve the Lord!

  806. I gladly sign the monk manifesto in deep appreciation for the quietness in life and the contemplative availabilities.

  807. With God's help, I will.

  808. Ann McGovern says:

    I privately and publicly commit to the principles of the Monk Manifesto. Thank-you.

  809. Elizabeth Tippett says:

    With gratitude.

  810. Elizabeth Tippett says:

    So blessed to find you on my path.

  811. I am happy to journey with you.

    Thank you for the invitation,
    Bill Fox

  812. Lance says:

    By signing this manifesto I express my desire and commitment to live as a monk in the world rather than a monk outside of this world. I want to do more to share and contribute to other’s journeys—the way so many others have done for me. May this commitment and it's expressed intentions aid me in that journey.

  813. Cynthia Julian says:

    I herby make a public statement of 'joining' the Disorder of Dancing Monks. I am grateful for being soul fed by the seven monk principle mediations leading to this point and make a commitment to journey into the answers through a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life. I am delighted to find an online community to journey with.

  814. Elena says:

    I'm really happy to sign this Monk Manifesto, and to share this path with all of you!

  815. Daniela says:

    Here I am!

  816. Connie Ziegler says:

    I joyfully sign the manifesto.

  817. Cheryl Astern says:

    I joyfully commit to living the manesfesto of the Disorder of the Dancing Monks, as a contemplitive in the world and with a creative spirit.

  818. Lee Warren says:

    Ahhh. Community. Yes, if you will have me, I come committed to the contemplative life. I'll need help with the dancing. My heart dances, but my body prefers yoga.

  819. Kristen Howard says:

    This is my pledge to live out the Monk Manifesto with my whole being. My spirit longs for a life filled with these practices and I finally feel like I am getting back to that after a long time away. Allowing myself to explore silence, community, creativity will undoubtedly move me towards a journey of self-discovery and joy.

  820. Yes, yes, yes! With deep appreciation, quiet exuberance, & joyful reverence.

  821. Almita says:

    I am a Benedictine Oblate and have always been drawn to the notion of being a monk in the world. This global monastery will help me and teach me how to live that goal better each day until it is my way of being in the world. Blessings to all!

  822. Alice Murnighan says:

    Feeling very blessed to have discovered this manifesto which speaks to my soul and journey.