For four years, Nuns and Nones has been cultivating an intergenerational community of women religious and spiritually curious millennials, taking on the existential questions now plaguing the rest of the world.
A weekslong e-course on community showed Katie Gordon that a hunger for authentic community transcended her millennial peers, affecting a spectrum of generations. Gordon and Benedictine Sr. Linda Romey led the course and spoke with GSR about what they learned.
In the Bay Area, four millennials in their early 30s became the first of the Nuns and Nones group to try out a residency program, temporarily living in a convent to witness and share in a spiritually grounded community life. At the Mercy Center, "a place where you couldn't escape spiritual wisdom," sisters and seekers learned from each other.
In Part 2 of this series,Global Sisters Report explores the parallels between the unlikely community of women religious and millennial "nones" and their potential for a meaningful collaboration. While the decline in numbers at institutional congregations may be a discouraging trend to some, the union of these two groups may answer who could inherit the charisms that animate religious life today.