Grace Year fellows live together in intentional community in a five-bedroom house. Living intentionally means that our personal values, our community values, our study, our praxis, and our spiritual discernment are all important layers of the experience of living at Grace Year. Fellows organize chores, go grocery shopping, and cook group meals, but that is only the beginning of their shared purpose in the house. The fellows are not simply roommates -- they are co-members in a community.
Life in the House
The house belongs to the Grace Year fellows and they are considered stewards of its care. Fellows hold their weekly meetings in the house, and open its doors to the larger community for dinners, open mics, and more. This house is an experiment in collective, mindful, justice-oriented living that the Grace community offers to the new cohorts each year as a gift.
Each fellow has their own room, with a double bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet and/or wardrobe. The house has a large living room, dining room, and kitchen, two bathrooms, a sunroom that serves as a program office, a back patio with table and chairs, and a large backyard with a hammock. There is a large attic accessible via stairs for storage.
Grace Year covers all of the expenses associated with the house, but fellows are responsible for stewarding the house budget. The program has cars for the fellows to use for all of their transportation needs, and fellows sometimes choose to take the local bus as well.
In the Village of Millbrook
The vicarage (house traditionally used for priest housing) of Grace Church serves as the Grace House. It is next door to the rectory (where the priest, Matt, lives) and very close to all the other components of the Grace Church property: the sanctuary (church), playground, parish hall (community center), pre-school, and main office. The fellows' house is situated right on Franklin Avenue, which is the main street in the village of Millbrook. Fellows can look out their windows to see cars driving in to attend worship services on Sunday, and can walk through the village in just a few minutes. Each fellow is matched with a host family who invites them for outings, dinners, and holidays.