When I first heard the phrases ‘living communally’ and ‘intentional community’, my interest was piqued. Those phrases have always made me think of two words: community and belonging. Both of those words have been buzzwords for quite a long time, but before that, they were simply two words that meant a lot to me, since they highlighted what I really wanted: connection and being seen.Continue reading “Jesus People: The View From Eight Years”
There are few things that bring people together like laughter over a delicious meal. It has been a cornerstone of our life together: nourishing our bodies and our communal spirit. Cooking them together is another cornerstone. A little over a year ago, I joined the kitchen staff as a head cook. It is truly a joy to work with younger, and often newer, community members as we prepare meals for our friends and family.Continue reading “The Jesus People Kitchen During Covid”
Night after night people would enter my car in droves, enslaved to the same lusts of money, sex, and power. They were looking for freedom, but it couldn’t be found. They were putting up fronts, but you could feel the pain and trauma wincing under their celebrations and smiles. Rich and poor were chasing the same dreams, doing the same dirt, having the same desires, but suffering vastly different consequences. I saw so much injustice. I felt too much pain. I heard too many cries for relief.
This was my life as a lonely taxi driver in New Zealand, driving the ever exciting graveyard shift, picking up anyone and everyone.Continue reading “From New Zealand to Chicago”
There is something daunting about putting together a blog about Jesus People. The view from the outside is, “How hard can this be? You all live and work together. Is there anything to say?” And yes, in some ways it could seem like there is only one story here – people moving into our community, serving, and at some point either realizing that they want to do something else and moving out, or feeling a renewed daily call to live with these specific people in this specific place.Continue reading “What’s it Like Living at Jesus People?”