Columbus, Ohio, United States

  • Last updated: August 27, 2016 (9 months ago)
  • Listing created on: March 27, 2013

Mission Statement

Intentional Community – Social Justice – Spiritual Formation – Vocational Discernment

Community Description


Confluence is an Intentional Community in Columbus, Ohio that comes together annually to participate in a year long Episcopal Service Corps program for college graduates or young adults with comparable experience who commit to a year of spiritual formation, vocational discernment, social justice and intentional community. The Confluence Year runs from August – July.

Spend a year in INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY learning to live simply and sustainably in a home with four others in the impoverished lower west side neighborhood of Franklinton in Columbus, OH.

Go deep into VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT working with a leading social service organization doing dynamic work on the margins. Participants work 35 hours per week with organizations like, the Ohio Assc. of Food Banks, Boys and Girls Club, Franklinton Development Assc, and more.

Enact SOCIAL JUSTICE through volunteering with neighborhood non profits like the community gardens and bicycle co-op, both started by Jezreel, an Intentional Community in Franklinton

Pursue SPIRITUAL FORMATION through contemplative practices with your housemates, and worship and service opportunities with St. John’s Episcopal Church which serves the large homeless population of Franklinton.

Confluence community members receive, health insurance, room & board incl. a full share CSA, monthly stipend, Bus pass and bicycle, and internet & utilities.

Visit ConfluenceYear.Org or contact Jed at 614.327.4299 or [email protected] to learn more


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments:

    The house sits on a corner lot of a neighborhood center surrounded by an elementary school, church, settlement house and library

    St. John’s EPiscopal Church graciously gives the use of a home they own for this IC venture.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact Jed Dearing at 614.327.4299 or [email protected] Confluence will begin it’s year August 2016, and hopes to have commitments from five members by October 1st.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Confluence will be a year focused on spiritual formation through contemplative practices, retreats, and readings. We will also share worship with St. John’s Episcopal Church who hosts services for the homeless population.

    Confluence arises from the Episcopal tradition and has inherently Christian practices, although all are welcome who approach spirituality with a benevolent spirit.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members receive room, board, a stipend, a csa, transportation costs, and health insurance.

    Members will work 35 hours a week for local non profits.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    The yard is a lot for the community gardens

    the community will harvest from the garden, receive two full share csa’s weekly, and receive a monthly stipend to use for groceries.

    Inclusion and flexibility is encouraged.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Protestant, Lutheran, Catholic, Agnostic, Humanist, Episcopalian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan

Additional Comments

Franklinton is in lower west side Columbus, Ohio one mile from downtown.

The Conluence community will begin it’s year together in August, but welcomes others throughout the year.

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Community Affiliations

Praxis Communities, Episcopal Service Corps, Catholic Volunteer Network

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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