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What is the New City?

The "new city" is a vision of communal living particularly inspired by the life and teachings of Basil of Caesarea. Basil was a Christian living in the region of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) in the fourth century. There, he founded a new kind of spiritual community where rich and poor people came together to share their gifts and practice healing arts. After Basil’s death, this community became known as the “New City.”

The vision of the “New City” is not limited to a Christian context, however. It is also informed by stories and images taken from many religious traditions, including the Jewish notion of tikkun ha ir tikkun ha olam (“repair of the city=repair of the world”), and the Muslim practice of the Hajj, which brings together people of every ethnicity, social background, and language as one ummah or community.

Our understanding of the New City is founded around six practices that constitute the heart of what it means to live in community.  These six practices are distilled from Basil's teachings as found in the book On Social Justice, translated and with an introduction by Paul Schroeder, the founder of New City Initiative (for more on Paul Schroeder and the Six Practices, visit  The six practices are:

1. Compassionate Seeing

2. Heartfelt Listening

3. Intentional Welcoming

4. Joyful Sharing

5. Grateful Receiving

6. Cooperative Building


Read about Basil of Caesarea's vision in On Social Justice, translated by New City Initiative's founder Paul Schroeder

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