Who We Are
The Wesleyan Order of Saint Francis is emerging out of a group of United Methodist seminary students who feel called to live faithfully in solidarity with the marginalized, voiceless, and undervalued members of God’s creation. We believe the Franciscan and Wesleyan traditions offer us fruitful frameworks and helpful tools for engaging in our work in the church and in the world. We expect that God will work within us and through us as we are converted to a more faithful and just way of life.
We live and work in different places and yet are all committed to living into a new way of life; one that honors the planet and each other. This means the way we live and our vocational endeavors are all shaped by our rule of life. We live in solidarity with the creation, we seek to be transformed by our work and to be vehicles of transformation in our communities, and we are committed to living simply. This work is individual and communal with the understanding that wider change is only possible with individuals and groups leading the way.
Our Rule of Life
We affirm that all life is sacred and vow to live in solidarity with the marginalized, voiceless, and undervalued members of God’s creation. People of privilege are the primary contributors to climate change, ecological destruction, and biodiversity loss, while those who are poor and marginalized are most
harmed. We vow to stand with all members of God’s creation in resistance to the environmental violence
that humankind is perpetrating. Further, we will use our collective privilege to give these human and
nonhuman members a more prominent voice in the church, and in the world.
We are faithfully committed to a life of spiritual and practical transformation through the guiding grace of the Holy Spirit. This work includes nonviolent resistance to the status quo and moving to more resilient ways of life in order to adapt to stress and adversity in the future. As an order, we vow to take small steps at the grassroots level in anticipatory communities. These communities will live into a revitalized future and a better way of life together. We work for both personal and corporate transformation as disciples of Jesus Christ and as agents of change in our communities.
As Jesus lived a life of simplicity, we too vow to live simply and humbly, following the examples of John Wesley and St. Francis of Assisi. In doing so, we seek spirit-filled lives of wholeness, rather than lives of busyness. We seek to live within our monetary and planetary means, in the spirit of responsibility, simplicity, and generosity.
As nature dies and is renewed in its time, we enter into the dying of Jesus that we may rise with him. Through the commitment that is conversatio morum, we distance ourselves from the ways of the world, and turn to the ways of the Redeemer. We seek out our purpose in creation according to God’s grace and pleasure, in obedience to the wisdom and guidance of the order, and joining with the order in action and reflection. Through deep consideration of our responsibilities as uniquely gifted creations of God, we seek God, go on to perfection, and work out our salvation. We share that struggle and encourage one another by embracing a life of monastic conversation, and we commit to live out our personal journey in community.