We went to the Thursday night potluck at The Stone Soup Cooperative Leland House. You can check out their website here.
At Stone Soup, the folks involved are passionate about social justice issues in Chicago and being involved in the community in some way. The Leland House is a large converted triplex in Uptown Chicago that houses up to 11 people. While they all have their own bedrooms, they do share all common areas as well as nightly meals.
It was interesting to meet everyone last night at the potluck. Just a group of normal people (slightly on the radical side) who want intentional community and social justice. Their community is greatly lacking a love for God, though, which is the main reason why Eric and I aren't so sure that it would be the healthiest option for us to live there at this point in our lives. We are also very passionate about the intentional Christian community aspect of living together, since we would love to grow and love Jesus with the people we live with, and let service together be a direct outflow of that.
Our friends also checked out Reba Place Fellowship (check them out here) which is located just north of Chicago in Evanston. From our friends' perspective, however, the Reba community tends to be more inward focused (building up and serving the church/community) and is lacking in the service to the community/social justice aspect that we are becoming passionate about.
On a side note, back to the potluck, I have found that it is much easier to make friends when I have Lexi in my arms. So maybe I am using her for her huge blue eyes and winning smile, but so what?! It works! :)