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Communities at JST
Shabbat is JST's lay intentional community in Oakland. Learn more about Shabbat here.
Jean Donovan Community
Jean Donovoan, or JDC, is JST's lay intentional community in Berkeley. Learn more about JDC here.
Living in Lay Intentional Community at JST
JST offers students the opportunity to live in lay intentional communities. These are living communities of lay students whose independent studies and ministry experiences are enriched by gathering once a week for a shared meal as well as opportunities for reflection with members of their community throughout each semester. Each community member resides in her/his own bedroom and shares the kitchen and common areas along with various household responsibilities. The number of lay intentional communities varies from year to year. Lay students who would like to live in these communities during their graduate studies are required to complete an application and participate in an interview process with current community members. No pets are allowed.
Interviews for the lay communities take place in the spring of each year. Potential community members should consider the following questions:
Thoughtful, well-developed answers to these questions will help in the discernment of whether lay intentional community life is for you.