I reserved a room at the Hospitality House which is a kind of simple hotel where people who want to take part in the neighborhood and community activities at The Simple Way community can stay. It costs only $25 a night unless one stays longer. I am staying there a week and I get a 40 percent discount. I am so happy that going to this community was so simple because last I had heard it was rather difficult to visit.
When I had thought about going to the Simple Way years ago the web site said “don’t just show up at our door step because we probably can’t accommodate you.” I have a feeling they were inundated with visitors after Shane Claiborne, who helped found the community, wrote “The Irresistible Revolution.” This can be really stressful for a community, especially a Christian one, which wants to help people, but also needs to draw healthy boundaries.
I am excited about visiting these folks. I have not made a direct contact yet. They prefer to communicate via snail mail.
I just have one more community to contact now–The Third Way in St. Paul. I’m on it:)