Skyrocketing real estate prices are making it hard for Canadians to find affordable housing. But step back for a moment and notice what God is doing. Living with extended family, co-ownership among unrelated seniors and cool co-housing options are just a few of the creative ways that Canadians are facing high house prices and cultivating community at the same time.
Our longing for a change of house, a change of community, may feel real. But odds are it’s a distortion of a greater longing – one that will not disappoint and will trump even our loftiest dreams.
Throughout the past two thousand years or so, Christians have gathered in a remarkably vast array of buildings, and always for the same purpose – to experience fellowship with God and each other. From humble beginnings in home churches to the great cathedrals of Europe and even to less ornate contemporary buildings, Christian churches have sought to convey a message about the experience within.
85% of Canadians over 55 want to live at home as they age. The church needs to ask itself what it can do to ensure this ambition is possible.