Giving away what we have without expecting anything back is our way of sharing the unconditional love of God. All humans struggle with self-interest and we believe the best way to respond is with generosity.
So we give away coffee, time, welcome, vegetables.
Literally a red couch on wheels! Find it on campus for a chat about anything from Saturday morning cartoons to what it means to seek justice. Truly, our only agenda with the Red Couch is to have an honest and kind conversation.
Students, want to take the red couch out? It's super easy! Instructions here.
A cart to provide free, high-quality espresso to students on campus. It really is free, and it really is good. Why give away something gross, particularly if it’s a metaphor for God’s love? We also pull espresso shots for free at the Edge House itself and enjoy training people in the story of coffee. Proudly serving Pneuma Coffee, roasted here in Cincinnati.
Once a year, typically during Spring Break, we travel somewhere to help out. We believe that we are meant for community and communities care for each other in tangible ways. It can be far away, like our trips to Denver and to New Orleans, and it can be close to home, like our trips to scenic Cincinnati and Athens, OH.
We've been planting our front yard with lettuces, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, and all kinds of tasty things. We cook it ourselves and give it away. With the city road project almost complete, we are thinking about what we will plant next year--raspberries? Pear trees?
Since the reboot of the Edge House in 2009, we have been home to multiple campus ministries. One of our original housemates is Jamie Noyd, first a LCMS campus minister, now working with professors and grad students through InterVarsity. Chris Bean, our coffee roaster spent several years here, and now his office is filled by Bart Campolo who is working on revitalizing the Secular Student Alliance at UC.
Having a variety of voices and experiences present in the house makes us more able to hear differing opinions out in the world. We would not be who we are without them.
UC's LGBTQ Center supports students all over the university with diverse programming, a welcoming space, and kind employees. Pastor Alice has helped lead a group called Queer Spirituality for several years exploring the overlap between faith and sexuality.
CCM Office Hours
Pastor Alice spends quality time at UC's performing arts school CCM each week. Find her Wednesdays in "the fishbowl" 11am-1pm.
Something More is an event that we have and will continue to do with one of our main sponsor church, Good Shepherd. Students who were selected as leaders in their churches met for three different sessions, one focusing on up, in, and out respectively. While there, we worked with the students on learning skills to take back to their respective ministries and lives. The program ended with a service trip to Lutheran Disaster Services in McArthur, Ohio, to help with cleaning and organizing donations.