Meeting outside for the summer has been amazing but it is great to be back inside for our weekly Worship Gatherings in a beautiful space. The Commons meets 6pm on Sundays at 128 Hughson St. N. in the Hooper Law Building (right across the street from the Spice Factory).
For the next two weeks (Sept. 18 & 25) we are talking about “Saint Stephen: an Anabaptist Icon” as part of our series looking at the life of the early church. Anabaptist is a fancy word for people who believe that Justice, Peace, and Community are a very important part of following Jesus. As we try to be a little more “Anabaptisty” ourselves we can look at a person like Stephen to learn a little bit more of what it means to be an Anabaptist Community.
Matt Thompson is the Community Developer for the Sherman Hub, he is also a Commoner and part of our Cohort Leadership Team at The Commons. I got my copy of the Sherman Hub News this morning and saw that Matt had an article on the front page entitled “Neighborhood CHANGE.”
Here are a couple quotes from the article if you don’t live in the Sherman area:
“The Sherman Hub News is a representation of the collective effort and care of the people who live int the neighbourhood, but this neighbourhood is changing. And anyone who has lived in the city knows that this change is happening fast.”
In the article Matt has a conversation with two “go to” people in the neighbourhood. He asks Rebecca Doll and Patti Encinas where they were “seeing changes in the community:”
“For Rebecca it comes down to the arrival of a $3 croissant. “I’ve lived in Montreal, and never saw prices like that for a croissant. Not even in Toronto. So it makes me wonder – who is buying them? If you’re someone who has lived in our more affordable neighbourhoods, a $3 pastry is something different, and leads to larger questions about neighbourhood change.” For Patti, thinking of change leads to the idea of how housing and jobs are connected. “When housing prices rise, people will move further away. People can go elsewhere, but where are the jobs?”
Patti also mentioned that she is “locked in” and “can’t leave” her home because of rising housing costs. I know a number of people at The Commons (myself including myself) that bought our houses a number of years ago when prices were much more affordable. Housing prices are two edged sword, yes my home is worth more but if I sold, where would I move? This is my home.
I am inspired by other Commoners who have been more creative within this new reality and have rented out rooms in their home or have decided to buy a house with friends and intentionally live in community. It use to be that you would say to your friends “Move to Hamilton, you can live on my street.” Now people are saying “Move to Hamilton we can live in the same house.”