The Green House Intentional Community
The Green House
The Green House is an intentional community residence offered by the Boston University School of Theology begun in the 2010-2011 school year. It offers a home in which 4 to 6 seminarians can live out their personal commitments to sustainable living and ecological awareness in community with one another. As residents in a particular suburban setting, they will seek to be faithful witnesses to the surrounding neighborhood in terms of environmental awareness. Residents are expected to participate in the residence by taking part in certain non-negotiable principles, known as the “community covenant:”
- Residents commit to a weekly dinnertime meal together – this meal serves as an opportunity for community-building; occasionally residents may wish to invite special guests from among the faculty or staff of the School of Theology, or from outside “green” agencies, to network with them.
- Residents will recycle and use sustainable products whenever possible
- Residents will host at least two STH-wide “Open House” days/nights at the Green House – the format of these events are up to the residents themselves, but may include hospitality such as a common meal or snacks, a service project to the Walker Center or Auburndale community, a movie or speaker about environmental concerns, or something in collaboration with the School’s “thEcology” student group. One Open House will be offered each semester.
- Residents will be mindful of energy usage – from turning off lights when not in use or using natural light to fill a space, to taking shorter or cooler showers or doing laundry in cold water, there are many ways to achieve this part of the covenant.
Each year’s residents of The Green House are allowed to determine any additional aspects they would like to see as part of the community covenant, describing and agreeing to the ways in which they will seek to live their common vision throughout the year. Full participation in the life and covenant of the community is expected of all residents.
The Green House is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood on the campus of the Walker Center in Auburndale, MA (www.walkerctr.org). The house is a four-bedroom, two and a half bathroom space with a full kitchen, living room, and dining room. Laundry facilities are available on campus. Parking is only $50 per month, though proximity to public transportation makes driving purely optional. The Green “D” Line train (or “T”) station is a quick 5 minute walk away, and takes you to straight to Kenmore Square, which is just another 5 minute walk from the School of Theology. The house is sparsely furnished throughout, and can be populated with one or two twin beds per room, as requested by each resident. The cost of the single occupancy rooms ranges from $550 to $585 per month (depending on room size), and the cost of the double occupancy (for a married/committed couple) rooms is $760 per month. The rental cost includes all utilities.