Addressing food insecurity, personal hygiene, and the educational needs of children in our community
The Urban Benedictine Community is an ecumenical movement of men and women committed to contemplation and good works while living, working and praying in the midst of a busy world. Prayer, charitable service, and community are the foundations of this humanitarian, urban community.
We’re an all-inclusive faith community of men and women, single or married. We come from all walks of life and a variety of Christian traditions and expressions. We’re open to all, regardless of where you are on life’s journey. Members do not need to identify with a particular Christian faith tradition. We welcome our members to come together on a regular or monthly basis for community outreach, prayer, study, and social time.
We seek to support children who are poor, homeless or marginalized in our community. We focus on food insecurity, personal hygiene, and educational needs. We maintain an extensive reach to students who are experiencing homelessness or youth who are unaccompanied.
As an independent faith-based community, we do our work with the belief that God will provide for our needs through the community surrounding us - people of different faiths, races, and economic conditions. We do not accept government funding, and we do not receive consistent funding from any institutional church or diocese. We rely on volunteer labor and the donations of those who believe in what we are doing.
We maintain the Brothers' House in Warren, Michigan. The Brothers' House is profoundly influenced by the Rule of St. Benedict, Mother Maria Skobotsova Orthodox Action and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker movements. We are committed to following Jesus’ way of simplicity (seeking a sustainable life with a healthy relationship to possessions), hospitality (inviting friends and strangers to share life together), prayer (being rooted in life-giving spiritual rhythms), peace (breaking our addiction to power as we get in the way of violence and injustice), and resistance (naming and challenging oppression wherever we find it as we seek to embody an alternative). While we are ecumenical, we enjoy episcopal protection and ecclesiastical oversight through the apostolic lines of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
In our attempt to build communal ties with various groups of people, our community building takes on a number of forms. We work collaboratively with UBM members, volunteers, families, the local support community, and those in the greater metro Detroit area.
UBM members commit to using their individual gifts and talents to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each other, our UBM outreach and the greater community. Members meet monthly to find out about the current needs and play a big part in acquiring what is necessary for specific needs that arise. Our members also serve as a think-tank to offer creative advice for UBM outreach.
If you're interested in sharing in our prayer and Good Works for the needs of the community, especially children, and are willing to engage in spiritual growth and relationship building through an urban monastic community, please click here to register as a UBM Member / Volunteer.