We are a monastery without walls, a group of individuals committed to a rule of life and a vibrant spiritual community. The Urban Abbey is located in Arlington, Virginia at St. George's Episcopal Church.
The Community of Reconciliation at the Washington National Cathedral is holding several special events the weekend of Nov. 13 - 15, including a contemplative-style Benedictine service. If you are interested, please check this link for further details and to RSVP.
Welcome to the Urban Abbey Blog. We are a community of individuals in northern Virginia in the United States committed to following a Benedictine-inspired Rule of Life.
We are not a residential community. Abbey members seek to live out their vows in the everyday aspects of their lives. Thus, we consider ourselves to be a monastery without walls.
Listening Groups are a central feature of our Abbey community. In these contemplative prayer groups we practice a form of group spiritual direction and listen to God for each other.
While we are associated with St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, membership in the Abbey is open to anyone willing to commit to our Rule of Life. Please check our website if you are interested in learning more about the Urban Abbey or our programs.
Our Rule of Life
All Abbey members commit to a Rule of Life. Our Rule is:
With the intention of drawing closer to God, I will with God’s help:
* Pray daily, guided by the Book of Common Prayer or another Christian format, and worship regularly in community; * Study scripture, and pursue a specifically selected spiritual formation activity annually; * Serve others, share the tasks of the Urban Abbey Community, and be mindful of God in my daily work; and * Show fellowship with a welcoming heart, seeking Christ in everyone I meet, offering comfort and celebration.