Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. — Matthew 11:28-30
All of our prayer practices highlight the need to see differently – that prayer changes us – and all of our practices follow a Rule.
A Rule of life (or Way of life) is an important guide for any spiritual or religious community. It calls us back to the story that God has written as foundational. The power of The Rule is a re-orienting of our habits and the practice of everyday life towards the moment of always becoming.
Simply put, our Rule follows the Christian practices: paradox, vulnerability, and availability.
- Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be enjoyed. We may not always understand the mysteries of God and the world, but we take the risk of living within paradox so that we may come to experience God and the world more fully.
- We live with an openness to vulnerability – being teachable and approachable – so that we may learn from all of the rich diversity that is Creation.
- We live a life of availability by exercising radical hospitality towards our “self” as well as to those around us.
At the heart of our Rule is the desire to risk excessively all of who we are for the sake of the Other and for God. And so we affirm…
Paradox: Living with an openness to God’s Mysteries
We Commit Together: I will not be afraid of mystery
Vulnerability: Living with an openness to God’s World
We Commit Together: I will risk expressing who I am
Hospitality: Living with an openness to God’s People
We Commit Together: I will welcome the other