In their beginnings abbeys were one of the ways Christians formed communities and ways of living that would reweave the fabric of economic, political and social life. While some were removed from society; others set themselves up beside towns and cities to function as the demonstration of an alternative order in the midst of societies and empires that were coming apart. These understood themselves as places for experimenting in the formation of a new kind of society. The Celtic monastics held at the core of their self understanding the Trinitarian idea of God as peregrinatio – God as relationship walking about the community. Their abbeys could never be places of removal and separation. This is, in part, why they built their communities near the oceans and seas to constantly be reminded that, like the tides coming in and going out, their lives were about the rhythms of peregrinatio – God in the midst of their shared common journey.
An abbey can be a powerful demonstration of an alternative order, a way of living everyday life in a society that is coming apart. Today a growing movement of Christians share the conviction that God is still walking about and in the places we live and the practices that shape our daily lives. Like our foremothers and forefathers, we are experimenting in forming a new kind of society. Everyday Abbey is one way of being a part of this movement. Drawing from our rich traditions it brings together people who are ready to take creative action in everyday life who believe that this reweaving of economic, political and social life is both essential and possible. The Abbey seeks provides a space for companions who share and experiment in an intentional, deeply rooted living participating in discovering, discerning and sharing the practices that reweave Christian life.