Our intentional community is an attempt to live out Jesus’ commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself in a literal and purposeful way. Intentional community means that we don’t interact passively. Through a Rule of Life, we grow deeper relationships with one another through practices of shared meals, prayers, and lives. Being in this community is counter-cultural and, in some ways, monastic.
The interns are more than simply housemates. We live together and learn how to share with each other, be hospitable, hold each other accountable, and move forward throughout the year. As a part of living in community interns always feel safe, respected, and loved. Conflict does occur; but interns learn to be proactive in dealing with it. The community will challenge you and it will nurture you.
The rule of life changes year to year – each class of interns writes their own. The rule is binding, but not immutable – it can grow with the interns. It includes the spiritual and also the practical – from housework to shared meals, from prayers to book studies, the rule will encompass as much or as little as needed.
The Abraham Project is ultimately bound deeply with St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Interns will be part of their own intentional community and will also be part of the larger community of St. Tim’s. Upon arriving, interns are welcomed with open arms into an eager church community while they wrestle with what their own intentional community will look like for the coming year.