Recently I was browsing through the Community of Communities website which is “designed to give exposure to the growing number of intentional Christian communities scattered across the land”. I can generally spend hours on the site, randomly selecting communities, reading about their stories of share life together. It is always very encouraging and enlightening.
However, I am always perplexed by the map which pinpoints the various locations. While there are numerous listing throughout the US, Canada has slim pickings. Why is this? Some obvious reasons might include factors like our smaller population base or fewer Christians per capita. However, I believe there is more to it than this.
I know that many such communities in Canada are not listed there. While many are likely unaware of the site, I believe that a fair number choose not to be listed. I have also heard a few stories (a very few, I should add) about communities having difficulty getting listed on the site. However, I don’t think this completely accounts for the trend.
I wonder if there is something in our post-Christendom Christian culture that is less interested in engaging in communities that are so explicitly identified as the other listings? While I know many Canadian Christians are deeply interested in new monasticism, are we less likely to make the costly choices to enter into such intentional communities?
I would love to hear your thoughts, as Chiara House seeks to lay a foundation in this very context.
What say you?