Intentional Community

Threehouse, our Wesley Foundation at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, opened a house in their neighborhood last August for students to live in intentional community together. The GreenHouse is “a new adventure of living and growing with others in faith,” says their campus minister, David Glenn-Burns.

Current students were joined by alumni, staff and community members for several work days during the summer to prepare the facility for students. Now that the house is inhabited, however, work still needs to be done in the house. Matt and Liz German, for example, delivered a couch late in September to provide for a more comfortable living space. Others are contributing additional household items for the benefit of student residents.

“Living in the GreenHouse has been a great experience,” said Jordan Derhammer. “Yes, there are times that it can be challenging, just like any family. I’m looking forward to see where God is going to move in the house and community.”

Threehouse continues in a long tradition of the Methodist movement when John Wesley was a campus minister at Oxford University. Apportionment gifts from local churches across the state are providing $202,754 to support the ministries of the UNI Wesley Foundation, a leadership development effort of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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