Scargill is part of an emerging church movement called ‘new monasticism’. It’s a bit like traditional monasticism in some ways but very different in others.
But new monastic orders like us are different too:
- New monastic orders accept both men and women.
- The orders accept single and married people, and children too.
- Community members wear normal clothes rather than robes.
- Community members remain for differing periods of time, usually agreed in advance: this could be anything from a few months to several years.
The marks of new monasticism
There are 12 marks of new monasticism, but generally the idea is to try and live a life which points to the Kingdom of God and which tries to live out the values expressed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Usually, new monasticism is ecumenical (welcomes people of all Christian denominations); stresses hospitality; renounces personal wealth; takes a sharing attitude to life; and has a concern for social justice, creation and creativity.