Morgantown Community • Morgantown, WV

About Us:
This West Virginia community is a forty-five minute drive from our Pennsylvania-based New Meadow Run and Spring Valley communities. Our settlement is made up of young families and singles. Among other activities, we support Bruderhof members seeking treatment at the university hospital, which is used frequently by our Pennsylvania members.

Setting:
Morgantown is a diverse college town of about thirty thousand people that doubles in population when school is in session. Our property is a little oasis close to the Health Sciences Campus. We have two houses and a large backyard where we garden, play cornhole, and have barbecues with friends and neighbors. Just a two-minute walk away is public transportation, the university hospital, and WVU’s football stadium, which seats sixty thousand.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We are involved in various student groups at the university, and we volunteer at the hospital, Chestnut Mountain Ranch and other local events. We participate in Bible studies and community events sponsored by other religious organizations in the area. We also host events at our property that are open to the public, such as our neighborhood barbecues and Christmas caroling.

Point of Interest:
We make the best pepperoni rolls in town! And don’t even get us started on our venison paprikash.

Residents describe life at the Morgantown Bruderhof house:

Amy Hindley

Amy: “What is this life, if full of care we have no time to stand and stare; to stare as long as sheep and cows?”

I’ve thought of the opening from W. H. Davies’s poem often. Nowadays even sheep and cows don’t have time to stand and stare!

I started out in a Christian community on a farm in “Merry Olde England.” As the youngest of five, I was secure in my family, even though my father had died when I was five months old. My older brothers teased me, played with me, and helped me to grow while our mother guided us to care for others, always looking out for the lonely, forgotten, or seeking people. Visitors were always welcome in our home and brought insights to us children, stretching our hearts and minds to people from other cultures and countries. Most importantly, we learned to hold dear the teachings of Jesus.

Thus it was that I decided to commit my life to Jesus with brothers and sisters of the Bruderhof movement to show that it is possible to live together in harmony, caring for all, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick or imprisoned; all this in the hope that our living together would be an example. It is our belief that our way of life can change a world of destruction and death into hope for all, regardless of nationality, race, or creed. Everyone belongs to God. We are continually on the search to do God’s will of peace, joy, and love. We believe that with Christ, even the impossible is possible.

Who will come and help us on the way?

So where am I now? Still searching!

My day is filled with delight. I live with brothers and sisters and two small children at the Morgantown Bruderhof. My day is spent caring for a small flock of homing pigeons, fifteen laying hens, and helping around the house with laundry and childcare. Homing pigeons are a new experience for me, and I enjoy and appreciate all the neighbors who come by our house to join me in releasing them, often as a prayer or a wish. I like to feed the hens and collect their eggs. How rewarding it is to find up to fifteen warm brown eggs every morning!

Each day I ask that God’s will is done, and that I’ll be ready for the unexpected!

belinda robertshaw

Belinda: Hi, my name is Belinda and I live at Morgantown House, a small intentional community in Morgantown, West Virginia. I have lived here for over a year. Just recently, our community changed from being primarily college students to a group of families and adults. I work at Ruby Memorial Hospital, a five-minute walk from our house. Getting into the hospital and meeting patients is giving me a new perspective on life happening “on our doorstep.” I work with a great hospital staff in the food service department. My day starts at five a.m. and I get home at two o’clock each afternoon, ready to participate in whatever the community has planned for the evening: a barbeque, landscaping, or just hanging out and enjoying our back deck.

dan  patty new Dan: My name is Dan, and my wife, Patty, and I moved to Morgantown almost a year ago. We are putting down roots, once again. We lived in Oregon prior to joining the Bruderhof and we have lived in many different countries and states since then. Joining the Bruderhof was “a God thing” – come visit us and we’ll tell you our story. In return, we’d like to hear yours! 

We love living here in a small house community. We wake up each morning hoping that we will be able to help someone. It is amazing how many requests we get and every request has a story behind it. Where we can, we reach out a hand, and also take time just to listen. 

I’m an avid fisherman – of fish and of men! West Virginians keep a tight lip on their best trout spots, but my good friend Brooks just let me in on his favorite spot.

This year we celebrated our forty-eighth wedding anniversary – it’s hard to believe! We’re parents of six and grandparents of nineteen. I just turned seventy, so I guess I should be retired, but there’s too much work that needs to be done! Helping people is on the top of my list and that keeps me busy at least half of the day. I love working with wood and make patterned cutting boards and other crafts, using all different kinds of wood. We sell these items at our bake and craft sale, which we have every Saturday in our front yard when the weather is warm. It’s a great way to meet our local neighbors and share some of our delicious pies and other items. Meeting people is the priority; selling stuff is a sideline!

Contact Information

Morgantown
977 Northwestern Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505
United States
Tel: 304-599-3315
Email:  morgantown@bruderhof.com

Established: 2007

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