3 Great Events this April!

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

This April, in one way or another, Community of Communities will be involved in each of these three great events (april 5, 19-20, and 20, respectively).

Click on an event poster to be directed to its event page:

April 5, St. Louis: Community of Communities Gathering

Gathering 2013.pdf2


April 19-20, Seattle: Inhabit Conference

Inhabit 2013 Postcard.pdf1

(see also http://www.facebook.com/inhabitconference)

April 20, Bristol, UK: Community Life Conference

UK Bristol 2013

Thanks for checking out these events, we hope one of them will be able to bless you and your community!

A More Demanding Faith [by David Neff]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

this article was published in ChristianityToday in 2005:

“When Rob Moll, CT’s online assistant editor, went to visit the Simple Way in Philadelphia, it was the children who burned themselves into his memory. The intentional Christian community’s main house sits on a street corner, allowing children to route their boisterous parade from one sidewalk through the back door into the kitchen, through the living room, and out onto a different sidewalk by way of the front door. Like these children, the communities Rob visited showed both a touch of chaos and an abundance of vibrant life.”

Take a read of the rest of the article here.

i live with another man’s wife

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

matt connor wrote this article with that title in a past issue of relevant magazine which you can go and read here – http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/features/19074-i-live-with-another-mans-wife – and i encourage you to do so because it is a great describer of intentional community…

What Chores Would Jesus do?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

this is the first of a series of articles we want to post or give links to so that communities have some resources to encourage, challenge, inspire them along the way – this is an incredible [simple, rough, uncomfortable, profound] journey of a few people who decided to start living in community before they had any real idea of what it was going to look like and how they stumbled their way through it to a place of really starting to get it – we think this will resonate with a lot of you…

[it is 4 pages long but well worth reading to the end]


inspirational story on one way to do community…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

i met Drew [an American Korean, me a South African] at a Younger Leaders Gathering conference in Malaysia in 2006 I think it was. [Kind of a Lausanne for younger people] and we had a really good time sharing with each other in the same small group. When I visited my sister in the States in 2006 I managed to spend a night at Drew’s place and visit his greatly diverse congregation and have been telling people stories about that brief visit ever since.

Now Drew is on the verge of planting a church in New York and he shared this blog post with me yesterday and it really moved me and I thought it was worth sharing. Living in an accessible and relevant community can have a lot in common with planting a church and this story just illustrates one aspect of how that can take place -  Check it out here. Enjoy.

Do you have any inspirational stories that you would love to share with other communities? Some of your weekly rhythms perhaps, or something that has recently touched your community in a deep way? Please email to brett@thesimpleway.org so that we can start sharing those stories to encourage and inspire others…

We’re alive. We’re aliiiiive.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

hey there Community of Communities.

It has been a while of things being static, but there has been some exciting stuff happening behind the scenes and we have been trying to figure out how best to improve this site and make it more of a regularly beneficial resource to everyone involved, both in those who are part of communities and those seeking to join or visit them. So step one of that is getting some news out on to the news board and I have a great story to share today which I will do in the next post which will hopefully encourage you all.

What I would really love to hear feedback on though with Christmas just around the story is if any of you have any inspirational ideas of how to celebrate Christmas as a community – either from stuff you have done or else things you are plotting for this year. Any ordinary radical ideas floating around out there that might be both encouraging and inspirational.

Send them to me and we will try and post some so that more people can be encouraged and inspired. Email ideas to brett@thesimpleway.org and keep a look out for them to be mentioned here.

Strength in Him

love brett “Fish” at the Simple Way.

Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco is looking for apprentices

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco, is looking for apprentices for this next year, August 2010 – July 2011.  If you are interested or know of anyone who is interested, visit the website for more info or have them email Dale at dale@churchofthesojourners.org.

No PAPA Festival Summer 2010

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
We regret to inform you that the PAPA Festival will not be happening this summer.  We’re stepping back and looking at a variety of options, including a mix of local and regional gatherings for the future.  Lord willing, we will have something planned for next summer.  If you are interested in helping plan and carry-out future events, let us know at http://bit.ly/cFHnTY

We would like to create a list of events already planned for this summer.  If you’re having a gathering this summer that you want to invite others to, please let us know at http://bit.ly/c4sKy8.  We will post the responses here: http://www.communityofcommunities.info/gatherings.php.

First Fruits Are Sprouting!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Over the past week, I’ve heard from quite a few communities that folks are getting plugged into their communities through the Community of Communities project!  It’s exciting for me to hear stories of people taking exploring community life.  A few visitors have made their way World Hunger Relief and I hear from The Orchard Community in Witchita that a couple who visited may be moving in soon!

I would love to hear and share more stories from our communities.  These anecdotes are the spirit which animates and gives meaning to the bones of this website.  You can use our Contact Form or send me an email directly.

Hello, From Your New Tour Guide

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Hello Community Folks!  The Community of Communities website has been up and running for a few months now and it’s time that we start breaking it in and really making it feel like home.  I’m going to help keep our little internet outpost running smoothly and I’d like to decorate with the stories, pictures, and advice from your communities around the world.

I’ll post here regularly to welcome new communities to the Community of Communities, to pass along updates on the adventures you all are undertaking, and to share resources we come across that may help in our journeys in community.

If you are having any trouble with the website, you can send us a message and I’ll help you out ASAP.  Also, if you have any exciting news to share with us, you can use that comment form as well.  If you need to send attachments or long emails, just make a note of that in your comment and I’ll get back to you with an email address (if we post it here, those nasty internet robots will never stop sending me spam!).

So I leave you for now, looking forward to sharing this corner of the interwebs with y’all!

Brian Murphy