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As the tide of corporate indebtedness creeps farther across the landscape and more deeply into our lives, monastic communities could be a form of much-needed jubilee, as well as base-camps from which to spread the spirit (Commies for Christ).

Be sure to check out The Sweep’s latest post on the growing push for monastic renewal.

The Sweep draws attention to two noteworthy posts: Commies for Christ discusses how the non-law of monastic codes suggest an alternative approach to life in late (hyper) capitalism, while Michael Bauwens open letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy notably avoids the temptation of abstraction, drawing attention to the reality of soaring real estate speculation and how difficult urban monastic renewal can really be – despite the fact that many churches own a significant amount of valuable and functionless property!

As noted by The Sweep, Bauwens writes,

Indeed, this vital movement of humanity’s young (and not so young) is in search of common places where they can engage in meaningful activities for the common good, yet, the reality of the current economy often means they are precarious, they cannot afford urban rents that are driven by real estate speculation, and often real estate prices make the mutualization of the workplace a very difficult endeavour.

What’s becoming increasingly clear is that today’s economic climate adds yet another layer of complexity to the much-needed push for monastic renewal. And yet, it is churches which are sitting on vast amounts of functionless property.