Our Roots

Jonah House is an intentional, peacemaking community located in Baltimore, Maryland. We aim to live by these four roots:

COMMUNITY

At Jonah House, we cultivate community – with each other, with our neighbors, and with every being who shares our habitat – to witness and manifest life’s interdependence.

Jonah House is a community committed to worldmending. We strive to be a source of healing by building beloved relationships, beginning in the home, and radiating outward into the world. We live intentionally, sharing work and resources equally. We provide goods to our west Baltimore neighborhood in the form of a weekly food distribution program. We also offer hospitality to people from all over the world engaged in work to heal our homes, our communities, and the earth.

SPIRITUALITY

At Jonah House, we cultivate a shared contemplative life that draws on the world’s wisdom traditions, and engages with suffering, both personal and collective, to encourage wholeness, justice and joy.

Jonah House is a community committed to soultending. We are interfaith and spiritually inclusive. Currently, we practice Buddhist meditation and Christian contemplation daily. We also bring our soul-work into the streets, participating in faith-based public witness. Every week, Jonah House hosts a sangha – a Buddhist community in the Zen tradition – and invites friends and neighbors to join us on Sundays for a Christian prayer service.

STEWARDSHIP

At Jonah House, we cultivate the land and nurture relationships between people and all of the Earth’s inhabitants.

Jonah House is a community committed to caretaking. We are charged with the task of maintaining St. Peter’s Cemetery, a once-neglected Catholic graveyard in Baltimore. As part of this work, we also care for gardens and fruit trees. The produce we harvest ends up on the community table and in the bags of those who participate in the weekly food program. We try to live sustainably by gardening according to organic principles, being mindful of our consumption of resources, and attuning to the rhythms and needs of the habitat in which we dwell. We teach others to do the same. Our practice of stewardship also involves the thoughtful use and care of our tools, machines, and home.

ACTIVISM

At Jonah House, we cultivate justice, peace, wholeness, and joy, affirming the sanctity of all beings.

Jonah House is a community committed to peacemaking. Initially founded in 1973 by peace activists working to end the Vietnam War, since 1980 the community has been engaged in efforts to abolish nuclear weapons and realize a world without war. In the spirit of nonviolent resistance, Jonah House actively opposes violence, social injustice, and oppression. The community regularly hosts student groups and partners with other activist communities to create a more peaceful and just world.

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