The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Communal perspectives

An interview with four Abbey members

Joshua Price, abbot (leader) of The Abbey, interviews fellow members of the intentional Lutheran community in Palisades, Calif.

Joshua Price: In what ways have you grown from living in intentional community?

Using reclaimed wood, Joshua Price
During a 2009 contemplative retreat, former resident Kenny Duncan and Price's son, Ethan, play in Santa Cruz Bay.

Barb Nielsen: Loving, compassionate support. ... Being in a multigenerational group means opening yourself up to many different ways of thinking, not only within the core group but within the larger extensions (Fridays for lunch, the clinic, the art classes, helping others off campus, the garden, cooking communal meals, supporting the church in many different areas) and within all of the community groups with whom these interact.

The support of The Abbey's members in helping launch the clinic and in supporting the lunch team has been wonderful to watch. These are people we can count on to be there. As they grow and mature, I, too, grow and mature. Abbey members helped give me the faith and courage to accept the responsibility of coordinating the opening of the clinic.

They struggle with issues and so do I. We can sit and discuss issues and hopefully resolve them in a good way. The fact that we meet twice a week for dinner, prayer, communion and meditation also helps bring us together and stretch us in the ability to listen and be still.

Steve Sellers: The Abbey has helped me learn patience [and] expand in my understanding of the Christian faith.

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