Encountering Religious Community 

   –All are welcome to this five-day exploration of community at Mount Saviour Monastery with the Radical Encounters College Students

Thursday Morning May 30 thru Monday Evening June 4, 2007 


Coordinators: Gail Mandell <gmandell@saintmarys.edu>; Mary Skinner <Mary.Skinner@esc.edu>  and Trude de Jong <tdejong@stny.rr.com>


Boarders $300   Commuters $150   If you wish to participate:

please send an email by May 14 to Mary.Skinner@esc.edu

& the form below by 5/ 21 with check to  “Friends of Mt. Saviour” to Mary Skinner, 740 Clark Hollow Rd. Pine City, NY 14871  


In our divided world, many of us long for an experience of community that enables us to use our creative gifts of mind, body and spirit to support shared values and pursue compassionate goals. How can we discover authentic historic communities as well as attractive and vital communities in the contemporary world and what can they teach us about forming our own living communities? “Encountering Religious Community” brings together people of all ages and backgrounds for five days of meditation, study, dialogue and experience of community. Guided by mentors from various faith traditions, participants will observe models of and explore insights into community from diverse spiritual and cultural perspectives and interview and visit significant contemporary communities.



Name __________________________________________



Telephone ________________ Email_________________

Boarder ________ $300.  Couple preferring double room ______

Need to stay overnight Weds._________ and/or Mon.  _____

Commuter (meals included) $150.  _____________

Specify below if special dietary needs.

Our specific goals are:

o   To gain an appreciation of the role that community can play in energizing and supporting individual gifts.

o   To visit several diverse communities in order to understand important components of community.

o  To better understand one’s own spiritual journey and search for community.

o   To reflect on one’s current and future lifestyle in the light of community experiences.


 We will have a reserve shelf for borrowing recommended reading for those who wish it. A packet of handouts will be distributed.

Susan Love Brown, Intentional Community; Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Commitment and Community; Dorothy Bass Practicing our Faith; Dorothy Day. Loaves and Fishes; Jean Vanier, Community and Growth;  (revised edition); The Rule of St. Benedict (monastery shop).  


Relevant Community Experiences include:

Ø  The Benedictine community of monks at Mount Saviour Monastery

Ø  Peace Weavers:  Buddhist/Native American-inspired community committed to stewardship of the earth.

Ø The Catholic Worker community and Loaves and Fishes,    two overlapping communities that offer hospitality and work for social justice in Ithaca.

Ø  Tibetan Buddhist monastic community, founded by the Dalai Lama. 


Daily Life at Mt. Saviour Monastery in which all are invited to participate in order to understand monastic community.


           7:00 am         Lauds/Morning Prayer in the Chapel          

           7:30 am         Breakfast at St. Gertrude’s 

           8:15 am         Meditation in Crypt (Centering or Zen Meditation)

9:00 am        Worship Service in the Chapel

10:00-12:00            Morning Session in the Conference Room

12:30 pm      Main Meal (usually at St. Gertrude’s House)

                       Rest, study or work with monks

3:00-5:00 pm Afternoon Session in the Conference Room

5:30 pm         Supper in the Conference Room

6:30 pm         Vespers/Evening Prayer in the Chapel

7:00-8:00      Evening Discussion

8:15 pm        Compline/Night Prayer in Chapel & Crypt

            Monks keep the Great Silence until the following morning.



Day of the




Morning Session

10 am to noon


 Afternoon Session

3 to 5 pm


Evening Session

7 to 8 pm