Living-Learning Community

by Nina Karim '10

Azusa Pacific University introduced three new living-learning areas for the 2010-11 year. The new communities include the Discipleship House: Real World Spiritual Practices, Global Village: Engage the World, Green Prints: Advancing Environmental Stewardship, and, returning for the third year, the Hearth House: Reconciliation and Justice. Each area strives to create an intentional community of students who have similar passions to learn, grow, and positively influence others around them.

The Hearth House, in its third year, aims to promote a better understanding of faith, community, and the biblical values of reconciliation, justice, compassion, and stewardship. Sponsored by the Office of Ministry and Service, students are challenged to engage the local community and commit to reflection, conversation, and ultimately, living out practices that lead toward active reconciliation with God, self, and others.

The Discipleship House is a community of students who desire to intentionally explore the question of what it looks to follow Jesus in the current age with other like-minded people. Through the Office of Campus Pastors, students, whether new believers or lifelong followers, have the opportunity to engage in individual and corporate practices, ask tough questions, and grow as a disciple of Jesus.

Returning to the APU community is Global Village. This living area, sponsored by the International Center, will provide a deeper, personal exposure and experience with numerous other cultures. Whether the participant is an American or an international student, all will benefit from interacting face to face with different life perspectives while appreciating the sameness of being created in God’s image. This community focuses on cross-cultural issues, cultural traditions, global perspectives, and worldviews.

Finally, APU introduces Green Prints, which implements practical steps for college students to take toward living a greener lifestyle. At Green Prints, students live among like-minded peers demonstrating to the world around them that living green is not as difficult as it may seem.

A $10,000 grant from the Brita Corporation was presented to APU student Daralynn Glanzer for the implementation of this initiative at APU that she created with the help of Toney Snyder, assistant director of environmental stewardship.

Glanzer is working with APU’s Residence Life staff to further develop this on-campus housing that intentionally encourages sustainability among the community. The Green Prints living area is being established to “tangibly demonstrate APU’s Christian commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Glanzer. “The new living area will give students the opportunity to learn lifestyle habits that decrease our impact on the environment.” Fall 2010 residents will be the first to test the program in APU’s Shire campus housing.