A way for Anglicans to get off the consumeristic grid by practicing and receiving the gift of no cost housing hospitality on the couches and in the guest rooms of other Anglicans, in a similar manner as Couchsurfing.com
Latest Activity: Jun 10, 2012
Anglicouch is a group for Anglican travelers, seeking to practice the value of Christian hospitality,
'one couch at a time.'
As this group is internal to Anglimergent, Anglicouch provides a degree of safety in knowing that your hosts are 'real' - using their real names (rather than faux personas), coming from real diocese and connected within real parishes.
Anglicouch resonates with the relational and inter-dependent polity, spirituality and ethos of our communion, but in 'chase lounge mode' providing a simple, organic and deeply 'human' way to practice the core Christian value of hospitality, while traveling 'off the grid.'
Let Anglicouch be a blessing that can help you get 'saved' (from bland or expensive hotels and from the anonymity of travel alone in places you have never been or want to visit but don't know anyone. So pack your bags and go on a mini adventure/pilgrimage within Angliworld, as you do have tribal 'family' in almost every place, as the 'Anglican mafia' and our bonds of affection are real!
How to list yourself and your couch
Email your info (name, city, and capacities) to Karen Ward (on the 'members' page type Karen Ward into the search, then click 'send email.')
How this works
1. Decide the city you will be traveling to or want to visit.
2. Search the 'Anglicouch member by location' info below.
3. Email the person you would like to host you and work out the details with them.
Rubics of participation
- If you visit someone, you are agreeing to allow them to return the visit to you at some future date.
- Hosts are not expected to get you at the airport, chauffer you around town or put chocolates on your pillow, or become your very best friends, but if they choose to and it happens, be thrilled by it.
- Hosts are expected to provide you with:
a clean couch, futon or bed with linens, a pillow and a towel
a key to be returned before departure
personal space to carry out your desired goals for your travel as you choose.
- Hosts are not expected to take in guests more than once a month, as the fun of this might turn to burden or exhaustion, but be extra thrilled if they want to have multiple guests in one month. Even if one host can't, there may be another host listed from the same or a nearby city, town or suburb who can.
- It is good manners to do something nice for your host: bring them a tiny, inexpensive (under $ 20) gift that resonates with where you come from or which connects with Christian spirituality OR take them out for dinner once before you leave (if they are home while you are there), as some hosts may allow you to visit even if they are out of town.
- Also, consider attending Eucharist at your host's parish if your schedule allows, to deepen the bonds within the greater Anglican community.
Cheers and surf away!
ANGLICOUCH MEMBERS, LOCATIONS, CAPACITIES
sp: single/ 1 person
mp: married/partnered couple
ss: sleep sofa
pr: private room
spr: semi private/dual use room (office/guest room..)
pc: has pet cat
pd: has pet dog
numbers (1,2, 3) followed by a letter d or w (days or weeks) = max length of stay normally offered.
- Karen Ward, Seattle, WA (s, mp, ss, spr, 1-2w)
- Georgina Hegney, Syracuse, NY (sp, pr, 1-2w)
- Mike Croghan, Herndon, VA (20 miles outside DC; 10 min fr Dulles Airprt)
(s, mp, f, spr, pc, pd, 1-2w)
- Eric Erickson, Portland, Oregon
- Ian Mobsby, London, England (spr, c)