Stories from Year One

A few weeks ago, the Brazos Fellows community gathered together over lunch to share stories from year one of the fellowship. It was wonderful to hear several of the fellows and tutors reflect on our year together: new ways of thinking about and practicing prayer, deeper understandings of our identity in Christ, and the value of studying in a community that practices spiritual disciplines.

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Lecture: The Monkhood of All Believers

What can we learn about the Christian life from the long history of Christian monasticism? What does monasticism have to teach us about marriage, celibacy, and community? In what sense is every Christian called to a kind of monasticism?

In March, Brazos Fellows partnered with Baylor’s Honors College to host Fr. Greg Peters, professor at the Torrey Honors Program (Biola University) and Nashotah House, to speak on the topic of “The Monkhood of All Believers.” You can now listen to Fr. Peters’ talk here:

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5 in 10: Greg Peters

Yesterday the fellows enjoyed hearing from Rev. Dr. Greg Peters, who serves as professor both at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University as well as at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Dr. Peters gave several talks at Baylor this week on “The Monkhood of All Believers,” a topic he has written extensively on. The fellows had a great discussion with him about what we can learn from the long history of Christian monasticism about the Christian life.

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Beauty Asks More at the Table

Editor: Enjoy another reflection from fellow Jess Schurz on our recent Spring Retreat, which was on the theme of “The Spirituality of Food.”

With a grandmother from New Orleans, one quickly learns that food is no passive event. This is clear with one glimpse into her fridge, with its cartons of whole milk (or in her words: “real milk”) and marmalade that tastes, in the words of my father, “like battery acid.” Local restaurants know she is a force. Whenever we frequent Mother’s, a family favorite tucked away in the French Quarter, she questions the waiter on the type of oil used to fry okra, just how fresh the catch of the day is, and, always, if banana pudding is still available.

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The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: Praying Theology with the Brazos Fellows

Editor’s note: please enjoy another post by Alex Fogleman, director of the Institute for the Renewal of Christian Catechesis  and Brazos Fellows tutor.

I had the privilege recently of reading through a portion of Jean Leclercq’s delightful book, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God, with the Fellows. Once again, I was struck by the surprising resonances between what the Brazos Fellows are up to here in Waco and how an exemplary group of Christians in the past lived, thought, and prayed—in this case, the twelfth-century “monastic culture” that is the subject of Leclercq’s book. While the Fellows are not monks, there is something delightfully monkish about their way of life and course of study. Continue reading “The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: Praying Theology with the Brazos Fellows”

Mere Fidelity: Millennials and Burnout

Are Millennials the “burnout generation”? How do we deal with endless busyness and noise of our lives, and the paralysis and anxiety that often result? What might Christian teaching, and Christian practices, have to offer us by way of an alternative?

I had the pleasure of discussing these questions with Matt Anderson and Derek Rishmawy on their podcast, Mere Fidelity. You can listen to our conversation here. The jumping-off point for our discussion was this fascinating article by Anne Helen Petersen, “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation.”