Learning to love our neighbors is an essential part of our Christian life, as Jesus himself noted when asked which commandment was the greatest (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28). For this reason, we can expect loving our neighbors to be a very difficult and challenging yet enriching part of our walk with Christ.
In our residential communities, our love for our neighbors is demonstrated and challenged on a day-to-day basis in very tangible ways–like how we process neighbor noise in a densely populated area (see Community in the City), how we dispose of trash and pick up the laundry room. It is further shown in less tangible but just as vital acts of caring – such as how we welcome neighbors to our community, nurture the children, meet everyday needs, and offer kindness and support when needed.
Indeed, learning to love your neighbor is at the very core of your experience in Fuller housing. We encourage you to recognize that your residential life is not separate from or in addition to your studies, spiritual formation, and preparation for ministry–rather, it is an essential part of the academic and spiritual environment existing at Fuller. Open yourself to God and the Christian community here at Fuller to learn more deeply what it means to "love your neighbor."
MISSION & CORE VALUES
In recognition of the above, the Residential Community (ResCom) staff affirms the following mission statement: Residential communities seek to be intentionally Christ-centered living and learning environments where residents participate in creating a loving and respectful home and community.
- Spiritual Communities created by God
- Collaborative Communities
- Authentic Communities
- Learning Communities
- Hospitable Communities
DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Our residential communities are made up of diverse mixtures of singles, couples, and families representing all three schools as well as various national, ethnic, and denominational backgrounds. The diversity found within our communities may require a lot of initiative and energy from you to bridge lifestage and background differences but it also offers great rewards in educational experiences once connections are made. Learning to be respectful and appreciative of other cultures will add to your learning experience at Fuller.
COMMUNITY IN THE CITY
Please note that almost all our housing is urban, fairly densely populated, and intergenerational. Your neighbors will be believers from a wide range of national, ethnic, and theological backgrounds and include children. All this creates a dynamic and enriching community environment. Knowing your neighbors, communicating and caring for one another are vital for harmonious living. Fuller's location in the heart of the City of Pasadena is not by chance. We hope residents will engage with local churches, ministries and outreach services, and the many civic opportunities for enrichment.