There are three different paths of belonging through which you can journey in community with us. In the exploring path, you are welcome to join any of our public programs and pray and study with us through our public offerings and liturgies.
This is a great way to experiment with the prayer practices we teach in order to see what speaks to your sense of spirituality and how you experience God in your life. At this level of belonging, you are simply engaging with our community and its teachings on your own terms. You can view our public offerings on our events page.
In the participant path of belonging, you can begin to more seriously engage with our rule and rhythm of life and meet with one of our members for spiritual direction. We can help you adopt practices that suit your individual needs.
Typically, members in this space join one of our Incarnation small groups and have a chance to journey and pray with other people. This level of belonging requires a commitment to daily prayer, mutual accountability, and a desire to grow spiritually by adopting a process that combines 12-step spirituality with different monastic practices.
Those who feel especially attracted to a vowed new monastic life are invited to explore the possibility of joining our community.
Members go through a comprehensive process of discernment, integral spiritual formation, monastic immersion and in-depth study before being invited to take seasonal vows and commit to “ongoing conversion of life,” which eventually may result in permanent vows. Our formation emphasizes deep practice, a solid theological foundation, and an overall understanding of spiritual journey, especially the dry seasons of prayer life, the need for one-on-one mentoring, and the importance of an honest and heartful community of accountability and mutual support. We also emphasize the integration of contemplation with action and justice making, and a cultivation of aliveness, celebration, and joy as promises of spiritual life.