Ashram Community

Rev John Vincent

Postal Address
178 Abbeyfield Road
S4 7AY

Electronic Mail
0114 243 6688
World Wide Web
Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
radical Christian
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Ashram Community began in 1967, with the intention of developing committed urban communities, which would develop appropriate new forms of Christian community related to urban needs. This led to having inner-city Community Houses in the 1970’s to 1990’s, in seven cities. Now, it is concentrated in Sheffield. There are three 2-person Community Houses and three Community Flats, plus two shop projects. The first of these, the Ashram Centre and New Roots Shop (wholefoods, fruit and veg, Traidcraft) was opened in 1987. The second, the Burngreave Ashram, was opened in 2001. It is a complex of shops and residences, with accommodation for six asylum seekers, a multi-faith chapel/library, a kitchen and cafe for community groups, weekly Free Meals, and other community services, all run by volunteers, members and residents.

The Community sustains its radical Christian base through regional Branches, half-yearly Weekends and half-yearly Community General Meetings, plus Inner City Retreats, Study and Research, Summer School, Holidays, and other occasions. The Community wrote and published a “Discovery Course in Radical Christianity” called “Journey”, and sponsors Radical Christianity conferences and Radical Christian Books. In 2009, it published its story and philosophy in “A Lifestyle of Sharing” (Ashram Press.) A Study & Research Group on Christian Intentional Community involves other Communities and invites all interested.

community does not share income
community requires capital from members
community does not have broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community does not share utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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