In In the fall of 2013 we were invited by a handful of local residents in the South Seattle neighborhood called Columbia City to start an intentional community.  Columbia City sits in Seattle’s “Rainier Valley” which is often referred to as the neighborhood of nations. According to the 2010 US census, this neighborhood sits in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States.


Before birthing Common Life, Matt and Amy Chapman helped lead NieuCommunities. a collective of mentoring communities sprinkled around the world. Thin Places tells the story of NieuCommunities and it hopes to ignite the collective imagination of what life in an embedded, formational faith community could be. It also offers an insightful look into the wider intentional community movement that Common Life is committed to engage in Seattle.