Discipling individuals, small groups, and congregations in the life-giving ways of Jesus

Benedictine life was monastic and lay, not diocesan and clerical. Its role was not to serve parishes or to develop dioceses but to create a way of life immersed in the Scriptures, devoted to the common life, and dedicated to the development of human community. It was simple, regular, and total, a way of living, not a way of serving; it was an attitude toward life, not a church ministry. Benedict, in other words, is not trying to create a clerical system. He is trying to create a human family. He is not out trying to collect priests, though he does recognize that a priest may well have a monastic vocation.

The Rule of Benedict, Joan Chittister, page 257

Christian Formation for Community Leadership Duncan Park, CO – Summers 2016 & 2017

YOU ARE INVITED… To participate in a Benedictine experience of Christian formation for community leadership. This experience is a collaboration between St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Benedict’s Workshop.
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Commitments of Participants

Participants commit to speak clearly, from their own experiences (using “I” statements), to listen carefully and thoughtfully, and to honor all opinions without arguing over which is right.

Participants commit to speak one by one, waiting for each person to finish.
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Benedictine Values

Awareness of God: To look for God in ordinary events of each day (19:1)

Community Living: To become who we are by our relationships with others (72:12)

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“How can I find time for all the things that are important to me, without feeling that I’m cheating somebody in some area of my life?”

The WorkShop helps people find meaningful patterns of living that reflect their many vocations and enhance the lives of everyone around them.
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