LUCY STONE COOPERATIVE
AUGUST 2010 NEWSLETTER
Since the last newsletter went out, we held another Solidarity Supper, incorporated as an organization, known as “Unitarian Universalist Community Cooperatives,” and made our first offer on a house! In this newsletter, read about the latest event, learn about different kinds of housing co-ops and where the Lucy Stone Cooperative fits in, hear from one of our planning team members, and discover some of our blessings of the past month.
The Lucy Stone Co-op had our second Solidarity Supper on Sunday, August 15th. A number of members of our planning team and our advisory committee attended, along with a number of other friends and community members. Together, we enjoyed fried rice, homemade bread, Rae’s famous baked tofu, confetti cake, vegan chocolate pie and other delicacies. We shared our personal stories of housing and neighborhoods, race and class, and development. Toward the end of the evening, we talked a bit about City Life/Vida Urbana and passed the hat for them.
Thanks to the UU Urban Ministry for sharing their space, including their beautiful shaded patio where we gathered.
Did You Know? Different Types of Housing Co-operatives
There is a broad spectrum of co-operative housing arrangements; from a condominium, to a kibbutz, to that co-op you lived in when you were a student... Where does the Lucy Stone Co-op fit in?
Generally speaking, a co-operative is any arrangement in which people voluntarily work together for their mutual and/or shared benefit. There are at least two structures we can look at when considering a housing co-op. The first is the Ownership structure – i.e. how the property is owned, managed, operated. The other is the Community or Living structure. This aspect includes how people in the co-op interact, how often, in what ways, and what the social norms are in the living arrangement.
In the Spotlight: Elizabeth Nguyen
There are a lot of reasons to live in a co-op. There are some really good ones that have to do with affordable housing and sustainability, economics and putting beliefs into action. When asked why I care about co-ops, why I want to live in one, and why I’m working to start one, I usually talk about these things. Another reason, just as important reason, is because living in co-ops feels so good. It’s been a couple of years since I lived in a co-op so I’ve had some time to fondly remember why it felt so good: the particular connection that comes from being, not just a friend or co-worker, but a housemate; the celebrations of holidays and holy days that are not my own; the joy creating dinner and art and worship with others; the energy that comes from living, intentionally, with others. To co-ops, not just because of justice, but also because of joy!
A selection of contributions for which we are grateful:
We could still use your help!
There are still a few things we are looking for, if you’re able to share. We need your support to make this happen!
Danilo, Elizabeth, Greg, Heather, Hilary, Matt, Rae, and Rowan
The Lucy Stone Cooperative Planning Team