Porch communities provide avenues for reflection and sharing that encourages students to grow personally and spiritually, becoming disciples for Christ on our campus. These intentional communities form bonds that allow each participant to grow while challenging and encouraging others through weekly meetings that are student or staff led. Groups usually consist of about 6-10 participants and a pair of co-leaders, and are centered upon community building and faith discussion activities. If you are interested in getting involved in a Porch community, starting a Porch community, or even leading one please contact Mike Bennett at email@example.com or one of the leaders below in regards to a specific community current on campus.
CURRENT PORCH COMMUNITIES:
The following two Porch communities are offered to the Callings participants from the summer of 2011. The Callings Porch groups serve as follow-up from the summer experience, extending the development of relationships and the primary themes of learn, lead, serve, and pray in the context of vocation.
Group #1: Meets Sundays from 2–3pm and Wednesdays from 11–1pm
Group #2: Meets Thursdays from 7pm-8pm at 215 K St.; Led by: Becky Welch, Flower Ortega, and Julie Benedetto
The following three Porch communities are offered to the Callings participants from the summer of 2012. The Callings Porch groups serve as follow-up from the summer experience, extending the development of relationships and the primary themes of learn, lead, serve, and pray in the context of vocation.
Group #1: Meets Thursdays from 8:30pm-10pm in VWK M04; Led by: Megan Flaherty and Emma Stiver
Group #2: Meets Thursdays from 7pm-8:30pm in Liberty Hall 114; Led by: Erica Reist and Danny Gregus
Group #3: Meets Wednesdays 8:30pm-10pm in KU; Led by: Chloe Hire and Claire Sonneborn
The Catholic Life Porch group serves as one of the primary ministries provided by the Catholic Life group on campus. This community focuses on the topic of “Catholicism 101,” examining some of the Church’s teachings in light of the lives of the saints.
Meets Tuesday 8pm-9:30pm at 311 College Park; Led by: Cathryn O’Connell and Perry Smith
The art prayer Porch group provides a space to indulge both the right and left sides of our brains by engaging art and prayer together. Come with an open mind, willing to be adventurous and explore how God might be speaking to you.
Meets Thursdays 9pm-10:30pm in Art Street Studio E; Led by: Colleen Ryan
Unpack the weekly Sunday readings with this group while relaxing with a cup of nice warm tea.
Meets Mondays 8pm-9:30pm at 1617 Frericks; Led by: Lauren Farrell and Colleen Ryan
The New Orleans Porch Group is provided as a follow-up experience from the New Orleans Breakout trip, continuing the development of community dynamics while unpacking the experience itself in light of our Christian faith and service.
Meets every other Monday from 7-8pm beginning October 15th; Led by: Allie Brizzi and Amy Fox
The Founders porch group is specifically designed for first-year residents of Founders Hall to explore their faith through the transitions and tribulations of the first year of college.
Meeting time TBD, will meet in the Founder’s Hall Chapel; Led by: Brian Kramer
The Outer Limits Porch Group provides an avenue to explore how we grow, maintain, and share our Christian faith amidst the joys and challenges of college life.
Meets Mondays 7pm-8:30pm, location TBD; Led by: Joey Perme
The Lighthouse Porch group provides Lighthouse alumni (particularly those on the Fall 2012 retreat in October) with the opportunity to continue the community and faith development pieces of the Lighthouse Retreat.
Meets Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm, location TBA - Porch community will begin following the retreat at the end of October; Led by: Kat Kinsel and Theresa Rotuno
More to Life
The More to Life Porch group provides More to Life alumni (particularly those on the Fall 2012 retreat in November) with the opportunity to continue the community and faith development portions of the More to Life Retreat.
Meeting time and place to be determined - Porch community will begin following the retreat in November; Led by: Duncan Fischley and Ryan Mooney