Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living

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The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist


rulecoverWe Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

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Discipleship Offerings


The Brothers, in partnership with the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at VTS, produce an offering of videos, questions and exercises suitable for individuals and groups.

Each offering is introduced with a video of a Brother priming us for the week’s theme. The theme is then explored in depth in six short reflection videos (around 2 minutes each). Each reflection video ends with a thought-provoking question for you to ponder over the course of the day, then answer on the workbook, or online as you prefer.

Workbooks and supporting guides and materials are available.

Five Marks of Love

2017 Lent_BadgeLiving Life Marked as Christ’s Own
In our Baptism, we were “sealed by the Holy Spirit” and “marked as Christ’s own forever” by God’s grace, we share in the Divine Life, given to us in Baptism. How does this Life express itself in and through us?  If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us?
Join us in finding out how you are marked as Christ’s Own.

Growing a Rule of Life

2016_Lent_FacilitatorIn this series, we focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls, and we seek out ways to grow into the fullness he desires.  Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation.
Join us to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ.

It’s time to… Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love

Time_RedSo much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short, daily videos over five weeks, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift.

Join the Brothers as they wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

Theological Reflections


LivingIntentionallyLiving Intentionally: Creating a Personal Rule of Life
A workbook to help readers create a rule of life.

Living Intentionally: Read

Sermon Series


Radical Practices

Practice shapes believing; believing shapes living.
This preaching series was offered in the Monastery Chapel in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. In each sermon, a Brother speaks about a “radical practice” that has been central to his own spiritual life and that has profoundly shaped who we are and how we live.

See the full preaching series here: Radical Practices

5 thoughts on “Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living

  1. Hello Good Brothers, Ever thanks & ever thanks for staying with the Life of Big Love together.I am profoundly grateful for the thousand times someone in this working community of following Jesus the Christ read my eyes and I theres. Then all those other gifts of costly grace, so rich & deeply beautiful…on-ward and up-ward.
    As ever,Brian

  2. Christ is Born, Glorify Him!…..Blessing,….I am called Andoni or Antonios. My baptismal name is after Agios Antonio’s the Great . I am of the Eastern Orthodox Faith, have my daily prayer rule and keep my kendille or vigil oil lamp lit twenty four, seven. Have spent many years on pilgrimages to The Holy Mountain or Mount Athos. I now find myself on your Web page and am totally confused with your blessed traditions. God be with you….Andoni

    • Christ is Born, Glorify Him! Blessing, I am of the Eastern Orthodox. I was Baptized with the name Antonios after St. Anthony the Great. I am retired and live a still life. Andoni keeps a kendille or oil vigil light lit 24/7. Spending many winters on the Holy Mountain or Mount Athos has given this pilgrim an understanding of the prayer of the heart. I presently live a life dedicated to God and stillness is a gift I appreciate. I have found your Website by the will of my Lord. I am astounded by the Ikons and vestments you have. I will find time to explore your Web page, God bless all the brothers, your servant in Christ, Andoni

  3. Your church seems like such an inclusive and accepting place that can be patient with those who haven’t been exposed to the full of religion, and your website is in no way enforcing going here. The church and the website are great but it seems there is no page (or no clear page) on the history of this house of god, some of my friends and I would appreciate it extremely if we could get to know your church a little more through your background. Thank you for your time and effort. All the best,
    -Jeremy West

  4. John, the Evangelist: December 28, 2015

    John, who brought the “I am” sound to our ears
    Because he heard the beat of Jesus heart,
    Drank wine at Cana and watched from the start
    God become our bread of life to drive fears
    Far from man’s flesh. Then tells how Jesus clears
    The way for Nicodemus to follow
    Him and learn the life he led was hollow.

    John watched the dead rise when Jesus called out
    Lazarus from his grave clothes with a shout.
    At the cross he stood by Jesus’ mother
    And served the crucified as a brother,
    Who from Patmos told us the whole story
    Of the King of Kings riding to glory.

    Kemmer Anderson

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