We are founded on the ancient ideal of Christian life that we have inherited much from our spiritual forefathers.
Because our approach to spirituality is a positive, uplifting attitude towards God and neighbor, our Skete places the strongest emphasis on the development of the human consciousness through the refinement of ethical behavior.
Our interaction with other beings, whether towards fellow men or towards creation as a whole, is the outer indicator of our inner spiritual development.
The Gospel truth is not a body of knowledge, but a way of life. We respect and encourage each other in the journey towards the ideal of spiritual transformation.
St. Joseph of Arimathea Benedictine Skete is a community, located in the historic Bungalow district of Lincoln, Nebraska (USA). Though very ecumenical in spirit, the Skete is part of the canonical tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
St. Joseph of Arimathea Benedictine Skete consists of Oblates, monks and nuns as well as congregants of the larger International Benedictine Chapters community following the Rule according to St. Benedict (480-547 AD).
Instead of seeking worldly recognition, our focus is rooted in Christ:
- We reflect the love of God to those around us, regardless of class, creed, race, walk of life (John 13:35; 1 Cor. 13; Galatians 3:28).
- We strengthen and encourage the existence and growth of community (Ephesians 2:19 - 22; 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 14; Acts 2:42-47).
- We teach and practice the Orthodox Christian faith as handed down by the Holy Church throughout the ages (Jude 1:3; Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
- We are a place of peace, healing and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 13:11; Psalm 69:30; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; James 5:13–16).