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Friendship House Partners RD's RETREAT in Holland, MI

[Spring 2017] Friendship House Resident Directors Gather in Holland, MI for Retreat and Training

​May 17-19 Friendship House RDs from Friendship Houses at Duke Divinity/Durham, NC, Vanderbilt Divinity/Nashville, TN and Western Theological Seminary/Holland, MI gathered for retreat and training. READ MORE

$1.3 M  Friendship House in Haymount looks promising

[Spring 2017] Scott Cameron Instrumental in Bringing Friendship House to Fayetteville

​At the intersection of faith and medicine, Scott Cameron discovered his personal compass.
Surfing. In downtown Durham. On a bus.
That was Cameron’s introduction to Alex Furness, to Friendship House, to the concept of celebrating the small joys and miracles of daily life. “It was a moment of joy most of us lost a long time ago,” Cameron said. Now a neonatal physician at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, he was a grad student at Duke’s divinity school at the time... READ MORE

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE FAYETTEVILLE

[Spring 2017] Friendship House Fayetteville is Gathering Steam!

Friendship House Fayetteville is in the works!  Check out this beautiful VIDEO and visit Friendship House Fayetteville site!

SPOTLIGHT: FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

[Spring 2017] Missional Wisdom Foundation Highlights Friendship House

Friendship House is a residential ministerial formation opportunity at Duke Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Western Theological Seminary (MI). In each of these, divinity or seminary students live in intentional community with persons with an intellectual or developmental disability. Our life is ordered around the community building blocks Jean Vanier articulated (founder of L'Arche communities), Eat Together, Pray Together, Celebrate Together!​..  [CLICK AND SCROLL DOWN TO READ MORE...]

METHODIST DISABILITY MINISTRIES

[Fall 2016] Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church

​How does one bring about transformation in seminary students, helping them see that all persons are created in God's image? Perhaps transformation takes place outside the classroom, in authentic relationships. To that end, United Methodist-affiliated Duke Theological Seminary is exploring what it means for students to live in community with young adults who have intellectual disabilities..  READ MORE

Dan The Balloon Man

[November 2016]  Grand Rapids Volunteer "Dan the Balloon Man" Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Known as "Dan the Magic Man," Dan's balloon art has been featured in the Holland Sentinel, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Grand Rapids Press. During the summer, Dan is a regular at downtown Holland's Thursday Night Street Performances. His balloon art is enjoyed by young and old at Logan's Restaurant most weeks. and, Dan is an entrepreneur, running "Dan the Magic Man," his business where he is available for hire to entertain at special occasions. Most of us would agree that Dan carries a full schedule and yet...... READ MORE

A New Friendship House!

[October 2016]  Friendship House Fayetteville  in North Carolina, is an intentional-living community providing safe, affordable housing for young adults with intellectual/developmental delays and healthcare professional students through a partnership between Highland Presbyterian Church (landowner) and Service Source (building owner). At its core, this faith-based community is rooted in table fellowship expressed through a daily rhythm of eating, praying, and celebrating together. The residents with disabilities will be given the opportunity to improve their independent and interdependent living skills and secure jobs. The graduate students from local universities with healthcare programs (medical, physician assistant, nursing, physical and occupational therapy students) will be given the opportunity to imagine a more compassionate way of providing healthcare for their patients as well as providing sustenance, both for themselves and their coworkers, over the life of their respective vocations. Both groups will gain a deeper understanding of living with individuals with and without disabilities, and in so doing, more fully participate in the life of their community. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
16friendship SITE PLAN.pdf
Click to download the site plan for Fayetteville North Carolina Friendship House!

Makiing Duke Divinity School Distinct

Huffington Post [September 2016]

​For people passionate about working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), there is perhaps no better place to learn and serve than Duke Divinity, where students have the opportunity to live in the Friendship House. Friendship House is a residential program in which Duke Divinity School students live together in community... ​READ MORE

TENNESSEE RECOGNIZES FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Breaking Ground  [June 2016]

A small group of families banded together in 2010 to form an intentional Christian community called Castanea. They purchased a “broken” property, out of foreclosure, located near Trevecca Nazarene University. Since the property was a little too big and deteriorated for them to develop alone, Castanea sold half of the property to Urban Housing Solutions (UHS). UHS set about writing grants to fund the acquisition... ​READ MORE

Divinity Friendship House at Vanderbilt

News at Vanderbilt  [August 2015]

​Friendship House is a model for the kinds of partnerships the Divinity School will pursue in the future, according to Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. ““We want our students engaged in the city in meaningful ways that will last long beyond their time with us and will go with them throughout their vocational journeys,” Townes said.  READ MORE
Divinity Magazine [Winter 2014]

"Friendship House is a home where Duke Divinity School students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together in community. The first program of its kind in the state, the home opened in September 2013 in the North Street community of Durham, N.C., as a result of a partnership between the Divinity School, HopeSpring Village, Reality Ministries, and The Arc of North Carolina. The Divinity School Office of Ministerial Formation operates..."  Download the article, below, to enjoy the photo essay!
Life Together - Friendship House Photo Essay.pdf
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by Matt Floding, at Amy Julia Becker's "Thin Places" blog  [April 2014]

"If people in your community are going to Wal-Mart in their wheelchairs but not coming to your church, a lot of times the church community calls them shut-ins. They're not shut-ins; they're just shut out of the church" (Ned Stoller (cited in Making Churches Accessible to the Disabled, 1998). When your church considers including people with disabilities in your congregation, what questions are you asking? ... READ MORE
by Margot Starbuck, at Amy Julia Becker's "Thin Places" blog [March 2014]

Peeking out from my living room window, I see one of my sons chucking a snowball at a neighbor who has Down Syndrome. This could be disconcerting for some moms, I know, but not this one. It's February in North Carolina and, after a rare snowfall, the friendliest snowball fight you could ever imagine is unfolding before my eyes... READ MORE
 
by Greg Little, at Amy Julia Becker's "Thin Places" blog [September 2013]

​"Our life together has already been filled with quite a bit of joyful gatherings: cookouts, magnet-making projects, cleaning alongside one another, playing card games, praying the Psalms, ping pong at Fullsteam, and most recently a baked ziti feast... It is becoming terribly clear that my flourishing is bound up in the flourishing of each of my fellow community members...." READ MORE
by Amy Julia Becker, at The Christian Century [February 2013]

​"On a Sunday morning in the spring of 2005, Deb and Bob Sterken went as usual to church in Holland, Michigan. But this Sunday they arrived with a special mission: to talk to Matt Floding, the dean of students at Western Theological Seminary. The Sterkens’ adult son Rob had Down syndrome, and they had been told that Dean Floding might be able to help Rob find appropriate housing..."  READ MORE
by Margot Starbuck, at Red Letter Christian [January 2013]

I was sitting in church, my second year of seminary, when I noticed a woman entering at the back of the sanctuary.  She was accompanied by a young man in a wheelchair and an older gentleman who was blind.  The three found a seat near the front of the sanctuary and joined in worship.Chatting with them afterwards, I learned that the older fellow, Jim, had high hopes of joining a choir. Donnie, who wasn’t verbal, loved rhythm and music...  READ MORE

Lessons From Friendship House

by Matt Floding, Faith and Leadership [January 2012]

Earnest conversations happen all the time in church sanctuaries, but I had never had one quite like this.
After Sunday worship at the church I attend, Robert and Deborah drew me aside, wanting to talk about their son, a young adult with Down syndrome: “Rob wants to live independently, and we’re not sure what to do.”
For a second I was confused... READ MORE

It is Possible to Institutionalize Goodness

by Jason Byassee, Faith and Leadership [June 2010]

How do you institutionalize goodness? The question itself may confound. “Institution” suggests all the personal warmth of the customer service line at the cell phone company... READ MORE

[Spring 2017] Friendship House Resident Directors Gather in Holland, MI for Retreat and Training


​​May 17-19 Friendship House RDs from Friendship Houses at Duke Divinity/Durham, NC, Vanderbilt Divinity/Nashville, TN and Western Theological Seminary/Holland, MI gathered for retreat and training. READ MORE