A huge component of the Urban Mission Center is Temple Houses, an intentional community of young adults who live and serve together in Benton Park West. These young adults who choose to dwell with us in the neighborhood are a mix of students and professionals, all committed to transforming our community.
We set aside time on Sunday nights to meet with each other. It's an important time for our little community - we get to catch up with one another, share our struggles, and explore how we can better serve our neighbors.
Over the course of a year, we've studied Bonhoeffer's Life Together and used Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community (Jon Huckins and Rob Yackley) to help shape our role in the neighborhood. We recently completed the Storyline curriculum, where we explored our personal roles in God's story.
Last week we began a study of Luke, led by Major Phil. Fitting during this advent season! This past Sunday we all received an unexpected history lesson compliments of the Major. He led us through what was happening politically and culturally during the days of Luke. I was so encouraged by the interest and questions that came from our Temple House dwellers.
I've come to cherish these Sunday night gatherings with good people!