3rd meeting of the monastery networks
The year 2020 turned out differently than we had all expected. The pandemic disrupted annual planning, budget planning and life planning all over the world and has presented us with completely new challenges since the spring.
Also for the work of the association KLOSTERLAND, many framework conditions changed during the year. After we had hoped over the summer that we would be able to hold our 3rd meeting of the monastery networks in the usual way and with the originally chosen theme, the autumn made it clear that nothing would come of it.
Nevertheless, we stuck to the network meeting 2020 and made the current situation the topic of our online meeting on 07.12.2020: What does the crisis offer us?
Together with 21 experts from German-speaking countries, we considered how monastery locations can make it through the crisis well and strong, and how monasteries can play a relevant role in society at this time.
We first asked the group, “What is on your minds right now? The result reflected the diversity of the group and yet there were themes that were quite central – the lack of contacts and the family – or were mentioned in the most varied ways by many: the lack of planning security, new everyday structures, screen fatigue, the end of the year, solidarity, new possibilities and opportunities for development.
Based on the assumption that the current situation is an opportunity for monasteries, as spirituality appeals to more people in times like these, we wanted to dedicate the meeting to this important pillar of monastic culture.
(Translated with Deepl.com)