The House of Commons

Calgary, AB, Alberta, Canada

  • Last updated: April 26, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 6, 2015

Mission Statement

We as a house are committed to:
– Relationship: with one another and others
– Prayer: together & individually
– Service: to one another & to those in need
– Being a Resource: to those around us
– Participating in the Kingdom of God: through loving one another, inviting in the stranger, upholding the value & dignity of those around us, reducing our environmental impact, sharing our collective resources, planting gardens, creating music & working against systems which oppress people (and much more!)

Community Description

We enjoy meeting people from every walk of life and sharing in hot beverages, theological discussions, church (universal), house concerts in our livingroom, bike rides, creating art, gardening, raising chickens, self-expression, snowball fights, being nice.

We are a collection of individuals who believe that each person is valuable and deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and care. We invite all into our home for meals, gardening, prayer, among other things, and over the years we have build quite the little family around us.

We do our best to walk alongside our neighbours in solidarity, we uphold those around us who are faced with daily injustices, we plant gardens to participate in healing of creation, we invite anyone to our table to eat amongst us, we take in the sick and care for them, and we respond to the needs of one another and others as best as we can.

About

  • 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, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 11-20%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We cook and invite anyone to a free dinner every Thursday night, if you are interested in checking out the community, this is the night to meet housemates, community members and new friends. If you want to help with cooking, drop in around 6pm, if you want to eat, we eat at 7!

    If you want to come by at another time during the week, someone may or may not be around, please find out contact info on FB or our website and arrange a meeting time with us.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We would love to hear from you, if you could send us an email we would love to let you know more about the house and what we do here.

Government

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

    Everyone is given a chance to share their thoughts and opinions with the group and when we are unable to come to an agreement we bring in outside support from our mentors.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 8
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, we try our best to support everyones dietary needs where we are able to
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Awaken Church

Keywords

intentional community, house concerts, gardening, outreach, free meals, couchsurfers,