What’s an intentional community?
It’s a group of people committing to one another, living together and intertwining the essential rhythms of life: eating, praying, working, and playing. An intentional community is a family of choice.
What’s life like in BCMH’s intentional communities?
Our residents make three essential commitments.
- First, they commit to one another, cultivating relationships of love and trust, sharing in the work/cost of maintaining a home, and participating in the self-governance of their community.
- Second, they commit to one of our five congregations, regularly gathering for worship within a larger community.
- Finally, they commit to a common mission, serving their neighborhood and wider world.
That sounds like a lot. How much time does it take?
The work of living in community (chores, spiritual practice, relational time, etc) takes about 8-12 hours per week, which is comparable to living with a family, but more structured. Most of our community members have full-time jobs and manage just fine.
Who lives in these communities?
All sorts of people! Artists, activists, students, retirees, professionals, and more. An intentional community is neither a dormitory nor a halfway house – it’s a way of life for anyone who values relationships, interdependence, and service.
Do you accept couples?
Absolutely! Our community development manager and his wife have lived in an intentional community for six years, and they love it. We recommend that a couple still take two rooms, however, to make sure they have enough personal space.
How about families with children?
We’d be excited about having children as community members, although we haven’t done it yet. This would be unexplored territory, but we’re open to it.
Do I need to be Episcopalian to join?
Nope! Although our sponsoring congregations are all affiliated with The Episcopal Church, we’re a pretty diverse crew and we want our households to be diverse, too.
Do I need to be Christian to join?
Not necessarily, although you’d need to be excited about being in relationship with a Christian congregation and being formed by Christian traditions of spiritual practice. If that doesn’t appeal to you, we can point you in the direction of some of Boston’s other amazing intentional communities, including Jewish, Unitarian, and secular ones.
Do you welcome queer, trans*, and gender non-conforming people?
Yes, yes, and yes, and our communities are made stronger by their presence and leadership.
Is there a minimum commitment for living in the community?
We ask for a minimum commitment of eighteen months. Intentional communities need a certain amount of stability to thrive, and that’s hard to do if more than a few residents are turning over each year.
I’m in. How do I apply?