Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has followed Jesus from a rural Southern Baptist church to Iraq in a time of war to a Christian community of hospitality in an urban neighborhood. Excited by ways that Christian hope takes concrete form, Wilson-Hartgrove describes a new monastic movement in America that is witnessing to a world at war that another way is possible. His work has been featured in Christianity Today and The Christian Century, as well as in newspaper articles and on national radio.
Jonathan is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. An Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Baptist Church, he speaks and writes frequently about Christian hospitality, peacemaking, and discipleship and is actively involved in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts in Durham, NC. The Rutba House, where Jonathan lives with his wife, Leah, is a new monastic community that prays, eats, and lives together, welcoming the homeless to join them as brothers and sisters.
Jonathan directs the School for Conversion (newmonasticism.org), an alternative seminary that hosts seminars at new monastic communities around the country and study circles on Christian practices in Durham, NC. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon (Cascade, 2005), Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism, with Jon Stock and Tim Otto (Cascade, 2007), Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line (NavPress), New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church (Brazos Press, forthcoming), and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, with Shane Clainborne (IVP, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in PRISM, The Other Side, Radiant, The Christian Century, and The Raleigh News and Observer.
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