The Emmaus Community is a New Monastic community whose recognition of Christ in our midst leads us to walk the Way of love through prayer, simplicity and presence with each other and in our neighbourhood.
By 'new monastic' or 'neo-monastic' we mean that we draw on the ancient wisdom of the Christian monastic traditions - even as we live radically ordinary lives.
We live by a Rule of Life which guides our common life together.
Our Rule includes daily prayer, redemptive presence and partnership in our neighbourhoods, practicing sabbath, and seeking to live lives that are more connected with others and with God's creation - while living simpler and less cluttered lives as we seek to follow Jesus.
Some of us live in community houses (such as Belmont House & Priory) and others live within proximity of our Priory, which also houses our chapel and a space for hospitality.
We have 'Covenanted Members' - who live our Rule, in community, in the neighbourhood - and 'Companion Members' - who are called to live our Rule in their own neighbourhoods. We also have many 'friends' who chose to be part of the community without formal connection.
We pray most weekdays, share meals regularly, deepen our spiritual practices through discernement and formation. We brew beer and run a church plant called the AbbeyChurch.
We are currently exploring the development of monastic co-housing to deeper our monastic witness.
Our name (pronounced ah-may-us) comes from an ancient story, as told in the Gospel of Luke chapter 24:13-35. We chose it because of the themes of shared meals, walking with Jesus, welcoming the stranger and experiencing the resurrected Christ in our midst with 'burning hearts'.
The Emmaus Community is a shared ministry of The Anglican Church of Canada - Diocese of BC and The United Church of Canada - Pacific Mountain Region and welcomes Christians of all stripes into discernment around membership.
If you're interested in visiting or joining the community, please drop us a line at [email protected]