Monday, February 16, 2009

Good Stuff In TEC: New York

Chaplains create sustainable Christian house

The idea started six months ago, over lunch.

Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and Rev. Gail Riina were discussing their ideas for different types of living communities, both religious and environmentally friendly, when they realized the two could go hand in hand.

What resulted from the Hendricks Chapel ministers' brainstorm was the Dorset House, a living community centered on a sustainable, Christian-oriented lifestyle, located at 107 Dorset St. near the university.

"As a campus minister, I've seen intentional living communities around the country and thought we could start one in Syracuse," Baskerville-Burrows said.

The house, which is intended to encourage sustainability in a religious context, ended its application process for Syracuse University students to request living quarters Sunday. But since they only received two applications, Baskerville-Burrows said the deadline might be moved back.

This fall, the house will be home to four SU students, who will focus on living eco-friendly lives, while sharing their faith with housemates, Riina said. Rent will cost between $350 and $600 per month, depending on the room.

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