The Women’s Interfaith Residency Program (WIRP) aims at cultivating hospitality and community building (primarily) of and for women within the Union community and beyond.
How does it work?
Located in one of Union’s Residential buildings, WIRP houses six residents of various faith traditions, nationalities and degree programs. Separate from the normal dorm floors, WIRP residents share kitchen, living room and bathroom spaces. They commit to building relationships with each other and living together intentionally, sharing their joys and struggles, (academic) experiences, and last but not least: food. Currently, we meet each Wednesday for community lunch and regularly invite others to join us for breakfast on weekends. To get an acoustic glimpse of WIRP, check out the kitchen playlist of the WIRP on spotify.
Who are we?
Over the years, WIRP has been a home for women from China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, and the USA. It has hosted women from faith traditions as varied as African Traditional Religions, Baháʼí, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism in diverse personal configurations. Here you can find interviews with WIRP alums Hannah Mills and Katilau Mbindyo.
If you think about applying, would like to know more or get in contact with us, please email the director of the program, Jane Huber or the current WIRP residents.