Life Together: An exploration of Four Monastic Models in the Contemporary World Open Access

Mayes, Samuel (2014)

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This thesis is an ethnographic study of the ways in which four ecumenical Christian monastic communities construct sacred space, articulate rituals, create rules of life, and tactically subvert inherited theological and ecclesial systems.

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Introduction and Methods........... 1

Descriptions of Sites........... 5

East Belfast Mission..... 5

The Iona Community..... 7

The Community of Taizé..... 9

The Monastic Community of Bose..... 10

Chapter One: Spiritual Geographies: Examining the Construction of Space in Two Communities........... 12

East Belfast Mission: From Methodist Mission to the UK's "Social Enterprise of the Year"........... 13

The Isle of Iona: An Ancient Pilgrimage Renewed for All People........... 24

Chapter Conclusion........... 29

Chapter Two: The Reconciled Church: Exploring the Rituals and Practices of the Taizé Community........... 31

Chapter Three: "The Adaptation and Renewal of the Religious Life": Ecumenical Monastic Rules in Contemporary Times........... 49

Taizé........... 52

Work and Hospitality..... 53

Prayer..... 56

Obedience..... 59

Chastity..... 60

Bose........... 63

Work and Hospitality..... 65

Prayer..... 67

Obedience..... 68

Chastity..... 68

Iona........... 69

Chapter 4: Monasticism as Tactic........... 73

Ecumenical Monasticism's Effect on Theological Discourse........... 75

Ecumenical Monasticism as Liberating Space........... 79

Mystery as Tactic........... 81

Thesis Conclusion:........... 86

Works Cited........... 90

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