Anecdotes from the GOTH Lyfe

– David Gorman

Community is one of the main values of the Grace-on-the-Hill program. Others are service, vocational discernment, and spiritual formation.

To give you a glimpse of the GOTH Lyfe, here are some noteworthy moments of community in action at 230 S. Laurel Street:

Post-dinner dance parties while doing dishes in our tiny kitchen.

YouTube karaoke in our living room, which as it happens, is easily visible from the street due to two floor-to-ceiling windows (hey neighbors!).

Weekly house meetings where we discuss everything from how we’re doing to our budget, and grocery lists to chores.

Dressing up as the Scooby Doo gang on Halloween (Abbott, our priest and co-director, killed it as the Creeper villain).

Dishwashing. So many dishes.

Telling funny stories from work around the dinner table. I swear laughing is the lifeblood of the house.

Volunteering with RVA Clean Sweep to keep our neighborhood, Oregon Hill, beautiful.

Supporting each other in our breadbaking/videogaming/LSAT studying/30-day diet challenge/knitting hobbies.

Reciting our singsong motto “People are different and that’s okay, that’s what makes us special” when others’ preferences, ideas, or beliefs are contrary to our own.

Praying often, on evenings Sunday-Thursday, at meals, and for each other in our personal time.

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