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Monk in the World guest post: Jenneth Graser

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission for the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Jenneth Graser’s reflection the unfolding process: The deep down longing of my heart in this life for the longest time has been to know God and be known by God.  Over the past 8 or so years, this has taken on a completely different flavour as our family has grown.  Going back in time to around 2002, my life twisted in an unexpected way when I came back home to South Africa after attending a Ministry School in Toronto, only

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Vienna Monk in the World Pilgrimage – November 12-20, 2016

Join us in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria where we will stay in a Benedictine guesthouse right in the city center. The Advent markets will be going up around town, illuminating Vienna with a festive atmosphere. We will make journeys out to see other beautiful monasteries as well including Cistercian, Augustinian, and Benedictine. This is a city to make both the monk and artist’s hearts delight! Click here for more details and to register>> We offer pilgrimages to Ireland, Germany, and Austria. You can visit our calendar to see other dates and if a program is full, email us

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Abbey of the Arts has a new website! ~ A love note from your online abbess.

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims, This love note is more of an update on what is happening around the Abbey as we are celebrating many good things! First, we have a brand new website up, thanks to the stellar work of Lacy Clark Ellman who is a Wisdom Council member and spiritual director, along with star graphic designer. Stop by our new site, and take a look to see what you think. The feedback has already been great about how fresh, spacious, and easy to navigate it is. If you find any broken links or odd formatting on pages we would be most

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New Monk Buttons to Share!

Fellow dancing monk, spiritual director, and graphic designer Lacy Clark Ellman of A Sacred Journey has recently helped Abbey of the Arts create a new website. In addition, she created these wonderful buttons you can share with the world to express your commitment! Also stop by the Monk Manifesto page where we have a beautiful new graphic version of those principles you can print out and post as a reminder! Options to Download: Right click on the image you would like, then choose “download image as” or “save image as.” You can also drag and drop the image to your

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Monk Manifesto appears at the On Being Blog

I am delighted that the Monk Manifesto appeared this past week on the On Being blog as well as a reflection by me about it. I submitted this to them quite a while ago, so it doesn’t include our 8th added principle: 8. I commit to being a dancing monk, cultivating creative joy and letting my body and “heart overflow with the inexpressible delights of love.” (You can see the full Monk Manifesto here) But worth a stop by their site to see the dancing monk community around the web. Stop here to read the article>>

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A Canine Horarium: Praying the Hours with My Dog (a love note)

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims, As I deepen into this time of rejuvenation during my summer sabbatical, I offer you this post from deep in the Abbey archives back when we lived in Seattle and our sweet dog Winter was in our lives. Some of you have been journeying with us since that time. Winter wasn’t able to travel with us to Europe because she was part pit bull, but she went to live with friends of ours who adore her and where she has lots of room to romp and play with other dogs. Praying the Hours of the

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Call for Submissions: Monk in the World Guest Post Series

We welcome you to submit your reflection for possible publication in our Monk in the World guest post series. It is a gift to read how ordinary people are living lives of depth and meaning in the midst of the challenges of real life. There are so many talented writers and artists in this Abbey community, so this is a chance to share your perspective. The reflection will be included in our weekly newsletter which goes out to more than 9000 subscribers. Please follow these instructions carefully: Details: Please click this link to read a selection of the posts and get a feel for the tone and

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