Maybe I moved into this house because I really love people

I moved into this house a couple years ago, and I’ve been trying to understand why. Why seek out community in this brave new age? Why endure the tedium of business meetings, the unpleasantness of inexplicit conflict that erupts when ignored for so long? Why deny yourself solitude in such a noisome world? Maybe practical […]

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How Sophia Got its Name

Five of us crowd into a wooden booth at the Medici, the most popular hangout in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It is mid-summer, and the ceiling fans are circling. The place is loud with table talk, waitresses shouting orders to the kitchen, food spitting on the grill. We’ll smell of onions and cigarette smoke for […]

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Origin Story

Four young women who had all spent a year doing volunteer work in inner-city Chicago neighborhoods and living with Catholic Sisters founded Sophia Community in 1993. Inspired by the Sisters’ lifestyle, they created their own form of community life. The women at the center of this story are Kris Funk, Kathy Lenney, Elise O’Connell and […]

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