The Intentional Living Community or ILC is a residence house composed of MDIV students from diverse demographics seeking to create an intimate family. The focus is on creating a home away from home atmosphere and exhibiting hospitality to the larger Drew community. How this goal is accomplished gets defined at the beginning of each new academic year. Typically this includes things such as sharing weekly meals and checking in with each other on a regular basis. Previous years, groups have held Hawaiian Luau’s, Halloween parties, and Speak Easy’s where individuals come to share a poem, song, or piece of art. These all act as a time of community building for the Theological Graduate school at large and are cross cultural experiences that create peace and understanding amidst diversity.

New ILC members are chosen each year by the remaining members of the previous year. All who are interested are encouraged to apply starting each April. The ILC is an inclusive community and welcomes individuals of all ethnicities, creeds, sexual orientations, and genders.

Words from previous residents:

“I loved being able to discuss classes with fellow community members over a dinner the community made together.”
“We went rock climbing together, played intramurals together, went to dinner, had deep discussions, and became family.”
“After a hard day it is nice having a safe place to come home to, especially when your family lives so far away.”
“I don’t know if I’d have made it through my first year without this group of people.”

The video below is a commercial created by current and past ILC residents: