Campus Ministry: Faith and Leadership House
The Faith and Leadership House is an intentional faith community devoted to formation of lay leaders in the Church and society. We understand leadership to be a mature Christian discipleship that seeks to integrate our program pillars in service to the world. The pillars -- Faith, Prayer, Intellectual Life, Community and Service – engage students’ heads, hearts and hands. Students are transformed through the Faith and Leadership House because they have the opportunity to intentionally integrate their practice of the ancient Christian disciplines of prayer, service and community with their intellectual formation as students at the University of Portland.
Women and men in the Faith and Leadership House share one unit in Tyson Hall but pay the room rate associated with a traditional hall. The 2013-14 year will mark the 8th Faith and Leadership House. While community sizes have varied, the program is focused on a 8-10 person community.
Faith & Leadership House Application 2013-14
Submission of an application does not commit you to a spot. After reading applications, the team offers interviews and subsequently extend invitations to join the community. The team treats this time as a mutual discernment process. When an applicant receives an invitation to the House, they then have several days to make their choice.
- Opening Orientation & Retreat (introduction to housemates, staff and faculty advisors; community building; service retreat).
- Spring Retreat
- Monthly spiritual direction (individual faculty/staff advisor).
- Individual ongoing service placement
- Collective house service project.
- Daily rhythm of personal prayer.
- Regular common prayer integrated into house schedule/routine (minimum of 3 times per week).
- Personal investment in community’s welfare and well-being (household chores, prayer leadership etc…).
- Commitment to meals in common.
- 1.5 hour (1 credit) theological reflection course each semester for faith and leadership formation.