On Friday, I received an email notifying me that I had been invited to join the Disciples Divinity House (DDH) community for the next academic year. I was ecstatic; not only was this a wonderful honor, but it was a beautiful sign of things to come. The experiences and formation I would receive at DDH would be quite unique compared to other living opportunities in Hyde Park. I knew upon choosing to go to Chicago Theological Seminary that I would need to move to the south side, if I was going to have a truly immersive and formative experience in these coming years. The decision of where to live was the real question and so I pondered my options. I had to decide between location, price, living environment, and community. I felt sure that the last point was of most importance, sacrificing the others if necessary.
I came across an interesting co-op in Hyde Park with a seemingly rich history and progressive mission. The co-op is named Qumbya and is a part of NASCO, or North American Students of Cooperation. It seemed like a wonderful place for me: artistic, diverse, highly progressive, vegan-friendly. My heart was set on living at Qumbya. However, I shortly thereafter found another housing possibility as referenced to me by girlfriend’s mother, an affiliate housing community of the University of Chicago called Disciples Divinity House. I took a look at the website and the once clear skies of my housing future became rather overcast.