Even if I could secure the $98,000 mortgage (and pray that this place would pass inspection), could you imagine the cost of remodeling? I would insist, of course, on maintaining the pink exterior (it would match my pink-and-green kitschy kitchen). The yard art could go. I might consider converting some of the 15 full baths into walk-in closets (seriously - even with 10 bedrooms, there can not possibly be a need for that many tubs!).
So the search continues (for something a bit more realistic... at least until I'm in a better position to dream). However, the spirit of community being sought remains the same if it is our current duplex, a slightly larger home, or a decrepit estate.
In October, I will be attending the CCDA annual conference in St Louis, Missouri. I've been familiar (and espoused, at least in theory) the principles of the Christian Community Development Association since I was in college, but this will be my first year to make it to a conference. It just so happened to fall the week after my cousin's wedding, which I was already planning to drive up for, so I couldn't resist.
I was particulary excited about the opportunity to attend the pre-conference institute class on the principle of Redistribution - taught by Craig Wong and none-other-than Shane Claiborne. I've told friends I want to have coffee with Shane and pick his brain about how the whole Intentional Community thing works in practice. I know, of course, the more established way to gain this knowledge would be to read Schools for Conversion, or to actually attend a "school", but I like coffee.
So imagine my elation when I discovered today that there is actually going to be a Schools for Conversion Workshop Track at the conference (Can I get an amen?)! Happenstance? I think not. Pressure? Absolutely. But God is greater than my heart, and He knows everything. Who knows what he has up his sleeve for the Leadnow Conference...