The summer after graduation I was inspired to try living in intentional community after reading The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, by Shane Claiborne. Claiborne’s book told the story of his own journey of faith and how it led him to develop an intentional community in Philadelphia called The Simple Way.
Since graduating from college eight years ago, I have participated in several “holy experiments” of living in intentional Christian community. My own experiments have included both formal and informal arrangements. I was a part of a program called Discipleship Year in Washington, D.C., there I lived in a large house with 6 other women, we volunteered and shared our lives together. My most recent community experience was in Harrisburg where we each lived in separate houses next to one another, yet were involved in regular activities, meals, prayer, and hangout times, while inviting other neighbors in.
Since then, my husband and I have made some major changes in our lives and joined a very different type of community. We currently direct a study abroad program in Belize, Central America, where college students spend a semester living in Christian community, while taking classes that focus on the environment.
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