Community of Divine Love
San Luis Obispo, California
In November of 2021 our community relocated to San Luis Obispo County on California's central coast. There are several good reasons for choosing this as the location for our future home. The California Men's Colony prison is located in SLO. We will continue our prison ministry there along with regular trips to the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. We have also begun our partnership with Restorative Partners in offering post incarceration support for those leaving incarceration, helping them to reimagine their lives. The new monastery location will also welcome our formally incarcerated friends, families of the incarcerated, and victims of violence/crime to sacred circle healing work. We will have ample space for our visiting friends wanting to get away for retreat.
In addition to these new ministry opportunities, our existing ministry efforts continue. The spiritual companionship and spiritual direction through written correspondence with our many friends inside is more robust than ever. Our monthly publication and distribution of THE JOURNEY newsletter is now mailed to a growing list of individuals to 26 different prisons in California and beyond. Our Zoom programs continue with increasing popularity, including weekly CENTERING PRAYER, monthly TAIZE, and monthly SILENT SATURDAYS. Our weekly A.A. MEETING AT THE MONASTERY has become a favorite for many. Of course, our prayer life holds our center, and all are welcome to join us for praying the DIVINE HOURS. Due to COVID safety protocols, we ask that you be fully vaccinated and let us know in advance that you wish to join us.
Walk Humbly with God.
RELOCATION UPDATE 7-1-22:
We are currently focusing our attention on one viable option to renovate an existing property and converting it into our new permanent monastery home. Things move a bit slower here, and we are learning about patience. Our vision has changed slightly due to particular challenges in developing property on the central coast. Yet, with this adjustment comes exciting new opportunities that we had not expected. God is surely guiding us, and we are excited about the possibility that is in front of us. We will surely keep everyone updated as things progress, so STAY TUNED!
We are thankful for our friends that have joined us on our journey. We have come a long way, yet we still have more work to do. This is a wonderful opportunity to reimagine our life together and what our community will look and feel like in the future. We are excited to be reimagining what in means to live in community, not only with our monastic members, but with the natural environment, with our friends currently or formally incarcerated, with victims of violence, and also with all of you who are are part of the expanding circle of God’s love.
Our new monastery home will be a sanctuary for people from all directions in life - grounded in the Episcopal monastic experience, while being ecumenical in spirit with a interspiritual curiosity.
We are committed to creating a monastic living environment that is sustainable and has a light carbon footprint. Our goal is to be reasonable and prudent, allowing room for future growth. Our new monastery home will be within reasonable reach of the California Men's Colony prison. We will also have ample space for day-retreat gatherings as well as space for our weekly and monthly contemplative programs. As Holy Eucharist is at the center of our common life, we look forward to gathering in a new church setting.
We begin where we are. Our primary identity is as a community of prayer and justice. Ministry with the incarcerated, their families, and victims of violence is at the core of who we are. In time, we may be invited to expand into other possibilities, yet new programs are always considered in light of our primary ministry of prayer and justice.
Future growth: Once we are settled in the permanent location, we can then think about expanding to best meet the needs of our community members and visitors. These include retreat space, a gathering space for worship, sacred healing circles, and organic gardening. These things will come in time. Our task now is to keep our hand on the plow.
Imagine how you can be a part of the vision.
JOIN OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN AND HELP US BUILD OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE.
Single contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and essential to the grassroots success of our capital campaign. We hope you will consider a contribution and partner with us on our Sacred Journey.
CONSIDER WHICH OF THESE OTHER OPTIONS MIGHT BE BEST FOR YOU.
Make a recurring gift!
Some of our friends may want to spread their contributions over a period of time. This is a great way to sustain the project as it develops.
Secure your sacred space!
An initial one-time contribution of $12,000 allows you first priority for complimentary stays at the monastery twice per year for five years once development & improvement of the new location is completed.
Help us build!
With this option, we invite you to donate to the CDL project with a gift of $5,000. This helps with development & improvement projects at our new location.
Consider a matching contribution!
This is a great way to support other friend’s contributions while doub-ling support for the vision.
THANKS FOR JOINING THE JOURNEY!
All contributions are payable to:
COMMUNITY OF DIVINE LOVE - 2424 Augusta St. - San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
We appreciate your support and look forward to our future together.
Community of Divine Love is a recognized California 501 (c) 3 Religious Non-Profit and all contributions are fully tax deductible under California law.