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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  • Holy Week and Passover: Coinciding Times to Prepare for our Public Presence in a Post-Pandemic World
    Holy Week and Passover completely overlap this year  “Give ear and come to me” (Isaiah 55.3a)  Holy Week and Passover provide prayerful opportunities for us to prepare for our public presence in the communities where we will live, work, worship, socialize, and recreate within our coming post-pandemic world. Our communities will need healing from all […]
  • Piety, Penance, Prayer and the Pandemic: A Coming Lenten Season Like No Other
    After the Coming Lenten Season, will we be the same person we were when the pandemic began or a different person preparing to minister in a post-pandemic world May we heed the Lenten call to imitate Christ’s Spirit-led withdrawal into a place of solitude throughout the season and imagine ourselves prayerfully rising on Easter Sunday […]
  • Pondering the Sorrow of the Coronavirus and the Joy of Christmas
    “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2.10)” has additional meaning this Christmas because of the pain of the pandemic and vaccine for the COVID-19 virus Pondering the sorrow of the Coronavirus and the joy of Christmas as intricately linked can generate our […]
  • It is Time to Restore the Tradition of Fasting During Advent Because of the Pain Precipitated by the Pandemic
    –Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly– – Joel 1.14- Approximately 1,500 years ago, fasting was a widely practiced tradition of Advent unlike today. Fasting became increasingly deemphasized during the past several centuries, differentiating the spirit of Lent from that of Advent. The spirit of Advent today is embedded in honor and hope. We […]
  • 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 […]

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