What’s life like in Creche’s intentional communities?
A Creche household is somewhere between roomates and a chosen family, and its residents share common spaces, common work, common expenses, and common life. We offer much more than shared housing – we put time and effort into building the trust, relationships, and resilience between us necessary to weather life’s unforseen twists and turns.
That sounds like a lot. How much time does it take?
The work of living in community (chores, spiritual practice, self-governance, common meals, etc) takes about 8-12 hours per week, which is comparable to living with a family, but more structured. Most of our community members have full-time jobs and manage just fine.
Who lives in these communities?
All sorts of people! Artists, activists, students, retirees, professionals, and more. An intentional community is neither a dormitory nor a halfway house – it’s a way of life for anyone who values relationships, interdependence, and service.
Do you accept couples?
Absolutely! Our community development manager and his wife have lived in an intentional community for six years, and they love it. We recommend that a couple still take two rooms, however, to make sure they have enough personal space.
How about families with children?
We’d be excited about having children as community members, although we haven’t done it yet. This would be unexplored territory, but we’re open to it.
Do I need to be Episcopalian to join?
Nope! Although our sponsoring congregations are all affiliated with The Episcopal Church, we’re a pretty diverse crew and we want our households to be diverse, too.
Do I need to be Christian to join?
Nope! Although Creche’s households are rooted in the values of the Episcopal tradition, which informs many of our common community practices. If that doesn’t appeal to you, we can point you in the direction of some of Boston’s other amazing intentional communities, including Jewish, Unitarian, and secular ones.
Do you welcome queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people?
Yes, yes, and yes, and our communities are made stronger by their presence and leadership.
Is there a minimum commitment for living in the community?
We ask for a minimum commitment of eighteen months. Intentional communities need a certain amount of stability to thrive, and that’s hard to do if more than a few residents are turning over each year.