Indianapolis parish launches young adult communal housing and service program

Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis
Posted May 17, 2024

Service Corps Fellows in Indianapolis share lunch, after morning prayer and Lectio Divnia.

In a world marked by individualism and disconnectedness, a new initiative is emerging in Indianapolis that offers a refreshing alternative. Faith at the Crossroads, a young adult ministry hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, invites people between the ages of 21 and 35 who are seeking deeper connections, meaningful relationships, and a shared sense of purpose to join an intentional community. Residents of the program live in a historic home on a tree-lined avenue in the heart of Indianapolis.

“Faith at the Crossroads is a unique opportunity for young adults to live in intentional community, explore their spiritual journeys, and tend to their mental well-being, while seeking deeper connections and exploring their vocations in response to a world filled with division and devastation,” said Demarius Walker, Program Director of Faith at the Crossroads.

People can join as a Service Corps Fellow or as part of the Co-Housing Community. Service Corps Fellows are paired with a partner agency to work 32 hours per week, beginning in August 2024. Residents who join through the Co-Housing Community are young adults who are students or are working in the public service sector (nonprofits, education, churches, etc.), seeking a welcoming Christian community and an affordable housing option. All residents adopt an Intentional Rule of Life, a shared set of daily practices.

Through the lens of reconciliation, the Faith at the Crossroads community invites young adults to discern how to live out a progressive Christian faith in the midst of a regressive and divisive political and religious climate. Faith at the Crossroads takes seriously the rise of authoritarian, reactionary Christianity and seeks to nurture a space for young adults to develop faith-rooted, community-based, mentally healthy responses. Ultimately, this community seeks to promote peace and reconciliation in the spiritual, relational, vocational, and civic lives of participants.

One participant in the community reflects on their experience: “Trinity Service Corps–now named Faith at the Crossroads–and Trinity Episcopal Church was my home when I had nowhere else to go. The community gave me the space and strength to be myself, fully out and proud, just as God had made me to be, for the first time ever. Faith at the Crossroads is a sacred place where the Spirit prepares and nurtures those who long to go deeper into the mystery of our Life in Christ.”

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About Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis:

Trinity is an urban faith community that embodies the love of Jesus Christ through welcome, worship, witness, and work that transforms our lives, our neighborhood, and our world. Trinity values expansive welcome; joyful gathering; inquiry, learning, and curiosity; intentional discernment; mutual care; service for others; incubation and partnership; and bold action for justice.

About the Diocese of Indianapolis:

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is called by Christ to welcome and witness in central and southern Indiana. Grounded in God’s love in Christ, the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and its people serve as beacons of Christ in central and southern Indiana and beyond; offer a generous invitation and welcome; stand with the vulnerable and marginalized to transform systems of injustice; connect with other Episcopalians, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and advocacy groups; and develop clergy and laity to lead the church of today and tomorrow.