Society of Urban Monks

We all know not only the spiritual power but the social power of someone like Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King, Jr. or even Jesus Christ himself. They were deeply connected to God and to the suffering people around them--and they helped change the world. We may long for even a little portion of that kind of ability to be rooted in God and use the energy from that rootedness to do good in this world. But how do we get there? How can we see that dream come to life?

The Society of Urban Monks is a place to learn and share practices to incorporate faith into effective and sustained service and change.

"The Society of Urban Monks offers an inspiring communal venue to help facilitate the integration of one’s private and public relationship with God through ongoing cultivation of spiritual practices that can impact social transformation."

— Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB, spiritual director, retreat leader, and author of a trilogy on Henri Nouwen

The Society of Urban Monks provides inspiring peer to peer guidance to help regular people become spiritually rooted social reformers.

Here is our most recent guidance posted to the Society of Urban Monks site:

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  • How Should We Respond to the Pain Precipitated by the Pandemic?
    Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act (Proverbs 3.27)Therefore, as we have occasion, let us do good to everyone (Galatians 6.10)For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2.10)We need […]
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: How Should We Respond to the Dying of the Elderly?
    You are to rise in the presence of the elderly, honor the aged, and fear your God. I am the LORD. –Leviticus 19.32––Let Us Envision a Post-Pandemic Era in Which We Rise in the Presence of the Elderly and Honor the Aged Unlike Ever Before–You are to rise in the presence of the elderlyYou are […]
  • COVID-19: How Should We Respond to the Death and Dying?
    “The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing.” (Job 24.12)The groans of the dying rise from the cityWe hear the groans through the media, the distressing daily stories and updates about the number of persons who have […]
  • Social Distancing and Social Distance: What’s the Difference?
    –Social distancing provides a time for deeper reflection on social distance—Health and government officials define social distancing in disaster preparedness terms such as “shelter in place” and “Safer at Home” to prevent the spread of an infectious disease such as the new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) by ordering people to stay in their residences and […]
  • Senses and Census: Creating a Sense of, and Solutions for, Social Justice
    Our senses often allow us to grasp and understand our surroundings if we allow it. Through our senses, we receive information about our external everyday world. Such information often helps provide daily reasons or purposes for our actions including moral discernment. We formulate opinions and seek consensus when we engage others in light of our […]

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