Welcome to our website!
This Community was formed as a response to the Great Commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." And, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
(Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37-40)
We are a non-residential Monastic Community in North America whose members try to help each other build
a closer relationship with Christ. We do this by living a monastic life of daily prayer, reflective study, and personal
service in the secular world. We seek to demonstrate our faith in unique ways as best we can, while allowing
our lives to be transformed by God.
Our Community is…
- Gospel-centered - The core of our being comes from the teaching and grace of the Living Word.
We hope to be living examples of the Gospel message. Our strength and healing power comes
from the knowledge of the Gospel - we are a group of like-minded people seeking the love of Christ
that transcends our shortcomings and those of the world around us. We continue to grow and learn
together, finding the way to His Truth.
- Ecumenical - Although based in the Episcopal Church, we welcome any Christian seeker who
shares our values and desires to fully know, love, and serve the Lord.
- Faith-based - We know that we are saved through faith, but we demonstrate our faith through actively
practicing monastic principles of prayer, study and service in unique ways.
- Inclusive - acceptance into the Community is based on one's desire to share in the treasures of
love and compassion of Our Lord. It is not based on age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation,
academic achievement, race or ethnicity.
- Non-residential - Our members live and work in various places, but are connected by the love and
wisdom of Christ. Our spiritual home is in the heart of Christ. Our Main House sits on a few acres of
countryside near Appleton, WI, in the Diocese of Fond du Lac.
- Contemplative and Action-oriented - we strive to blend the contemplative life with a life of action
in a spirit of collaboration. The contemplative life gives us the strength, wisdom and desire to use
our talents and abilities in the world, and the world of action provides us with material for further
prayer and contemplation.
Although we are primarily a dispersed community (we live and work in various parts of the world), we travel
together as one in spirit with Our Lord. We believe that our purpose is to awaken to God's wisdom and love,
and to shape our lives following God's principles. The expression of our personal mission in life is a response
to the love of God who made each of us in a unique way. We join together as the body of Christ to share our
journey and our resources as we are able, and to mutually encourage each other's faith journey.
God is Love. God is not just a loving being, but God is love itself. (1 John 4) Love is the currency of the
universe. It is present from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest galaxy in space. (Ephesians 3)
Love seeks harmony, unity, peace, gentleness, patience, sensitivity and joy. (Galatians 5) There is no fear
in love, because fear has to do with punishment, and fear is not something that God desires. (1 John 4)
God abides in us, and we abide in God. There is a connection between all of us that is fueled by love.
We are one family, the body of Christ. When one of us hurt, we all hurt to some degree. When one of us
is honored, we are all honored to some degree. (1 Corinthians 13) The core of the human (our soul), is the
same as the core of life itself - love. We do not believe in a God of retribution, punishment or vengeance.
We believe in a God who loves the world so much that God came to this world in the form of a person to
teach us how to live, to heal us, and to help us grow as people. (John 3:16)
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. This does not make the physical, material world less
divine, but challenges us to integrate the spiritual with the material, as Christ did in the Incarnation.
As humans, we are vulnerable to the difficulties of being human: we experience many good things, but we
also experience despair and anxiety, grief and loss, fear and worry. Together as a Community, and with the
help of God through our local support teams, these things can be transformed into greater faith, greater
gratitude, and greater joy.
If you seek a place to know, love and serve the Lord in your own unique way, in the way that God made you,
and with the support of like-minded people, then you may have found a home. If you are a Christian man
or woman, single or partnered, seeking to…
- nurture your soul,
- know the love of God,
- understand your purpose in life,
- demonstrate your faith,
- grow in your life as a Christian,
- know, love and serve God in your own unique way,
- have a community to support your spiritual journey,
- enhance your local parish/church life,
- have a deeper contemplative spiritual path,
- make more people connections,
- live in the world, but not of the world,
- be with a group of people in unity of heart and mind with Christ’s love and compassion,
…we invite you to explore the rest of our website using the menu options near the top left side of this page.
Thank you for visiting us!
The Community of the Gospel is also a member of:
The Community of the Gospel is nationally recognized as a Christian Community by the Episcopal House of
Bishops' Committee on Religious Communities, and is based in the Diocese of Fond du Lac.