360-degree photo panoramas of Armenian medieval monasteries, compliments of Smithsonian, Armenia and USAID


A thought-provoking look at Hutterite community life from the early 60s. I wondered about the gender segregation at meals, then noticed the prayers before and after. Could it be that, as the literal fruit of their labour, mealtimes are acts of worship?

Comparing the first clip to this documentary made 50 years later, I was struck by the different tone. Some hard-nosed questions from Lynn Alleway, to be sure, and I question her ethics iro the runaway.

Perhaps the observation most troubling to me was their rationale for this way of life – at least one person implied it was the ‘way’ to the Kingdom. Is that really the raison d être? The challenge about journey versus destination is explored in the interesting case below…



Evidence of 5th or 6th century monastic life discovered in Somerset.

ISIS just 6km from St Matthews Monastery in Iraq. But the monks won’t leave…

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“…the monastic idea of renunciation tends to seem burdensome to us. It implies feelings of deprivation and loss. But he learned to view renunciation instead as non-addiction to our desires, which turned it on its head — rather than the adoption of a new burden, it’s the shedding of an old one.” David Cain


Monastery At Mount Ararat, Armenia Photo | One Big Photo.

contemporary reflections on the Rule of St Benedict.


A New Monastic Response

Ian Mobsby’s address to the Archbishops Examination Day, Lambeth Palace, 9 Oct 2014