The February issue of The Lutheran magazine introduces readers to The Abbey, a ministry of Paradise [Calif.] Lutheran Church. The Abbey is an intentional Christian community offering a residence and focus on self-examination.
|The Abbey, a ministry of Paradise [Calif.] Lutheran Church, is an intentional Christian community offering a residence and focus on self-examination. Scriptures and passages from prayer book surround "everything we do," Joshua Price, abbot, said.|
Abbot Joshua Price offers the following five ways congregations and their members can explore intentional communal life — without necessarily living together.1. Invite three or four individuals and families to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis for a communal weekend experiment. Pick a space in your church to sleep. Determine ministry projects to undertake over a weekend that serve your contexts outside of the church. Prepare and eat meals together. Encourage participants to take notes or share what aspects of this were enjoyable or challenging.
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