Young adults, ages 21-29, who desire an intentional residential experience with the guiding principles listed above for 12 months. The program year will generally run from September through August.
Participants will live in community, housed on the APTS campus, sharing meals together on a regular basis. They will engage in regular service to the greater Austin community, both on an occasional volunteer basis and as a full-time “volunteer service corps” participant (either through the YAV program of the PCUSA, AmeriCorp, or a similar program). They will participate in corporate and individual spiritual practices, theological reflection, and vocational discernment, guided by faculty and staff of APTS. Opportunities for informal interaction with the students, faculty, and staff of APTS will also be regularly scheduled.
Participants will engage in a year of service in an internship-type placement (AmeriCorp or another placement), for the purpose of exploring vocation and service. They will live in a communal residential situation for the purpose of discernment and learning. They will also have the opportunity to experience theological education even though they are not formally enrolled in a degree program of the seminary.
Austin Seminary will house participants on campus, in a shared apartment, and provide program oversight and coordination. The Ayava House program coordinator will have primary responsibility for scheduling all aspects of the intentional living experience, from quarterly retreats to weekly house meals to monthly conversations and interactions with seminary faculty and administration.
Interested persons will apply through the Office of Admissions of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and will be screened by the Vice President for Admissions and the Ayava House program coordinator. Selected applicants must agree to participate in all programmatic aspects of the Ayava House Program. A criminal background check is required of all adults living on the Austin Seminary campus as part of the housing application process.
The cost per participant for rent/utilities and programming will be $300/month. Selected participants must sign an “Intent to Participate” form, indicating their acceptance of an offer to join the House, and pay a $100 non-refundable housing deposit (which will be applied to the first month’s rent). Proof of adequate health insurance is mandatory and is the responsibility of the participant. A shared “house budget” will be developed in the first week of residency.