Brent House has an active ministry with undergraduates, graduate students, and other University community members, with the house itself being an integral part of that ministry, providing a safe, welcoming and nourishing place for meetings, prayer and worship, studying and community. We have a community of seven residents who help to support our programming and hospitality.
The resident community:
- Shares a meal with other residents twice a month
- Shares prayer with other residents twice a month
- Actively supports the hospitality of Brent House
- Participates with other residents in outreach and ministry activities with the graduate student community
Residents need not be Episcopalian or necessarily Christian, but they do need to be comfortable living in and working with a ministry that is explicitly both.
The resident facilities include a spacious single room with ample closet space and a discreet vanity sink within the room. Baths are shared with 1-3 others and guests. All utilities except telephone service are included in the monthly rent; each room is wired for its own telephone line and each resident is responsible for arranging for telephone service. Wireless internet is available throughout the house. Solid-state ceiling fans and cross ventilation in each room ensure comfort in all except the most extreme heat; for a modest monthly utilities charge, residents are allowed to use their own air conditioners. An additional storage area in the attic is designated for each resident’s use and bike storage is allowed in the basement. Kitchen privileges, including cupboard storage and refrigerator space, are extended to residents. The living room is equipped with a television and VCR, and lounge areas in the basement and on the fourth floor provide temporary space for quiet study or relaxation when the main floor of the house is in use for programs. Rents are competitive and comparable to similar facilities in the neighborhood.
For more information about the resident community, contact our chaplain, the Rev. Stacy Alan.
Arthur Clement is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Chicago. His field is history of science and intellectual history, and his specific interest is the emergence of the human sciences in nineteenth century France, in particular the religious sciences. Prior to his doctoral work, he was a high school biology teacher both overseas and in the U.S. and worked this past year as a market research intern in the health-wellness practice of Shapiro and Raj. As in intern in the Office of the Secretary, he also is currently working on series of essays that describes the role of the trustees in the University’s history. A native of Atlanta, Arthur holds a B.S. in biology from Davidson College, and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Arthur’s pronouns are he, him, his.
Anna is a first-year master’s student at SSA with interests in economic inequality and violence prevention. A native Texan who spent the past four years in Philadelphia, she is excited to be in a city a bit closer to home. In an ideal world, she’d spend her free time playing with corgis; in this non-ideal world, she enjoys exercising, reading, and drinking tea.
Joshua Heath, house manager
Joshua is a second-year M.A. student in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He has broad interests in Christian theology and western philosophy, with a particular focus on language and metaphysics, and what Christian liturgy and devotion has to say about both of these. He grew up in London and studied French and Russian as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. During that time, he also spent periods living in a Russian Orthodox seminary in Paris and working for a sustainability charity in London. He hopes to return to the UK after this year to begin doctoral work on the Russian theologian Sergii Bulgakov. He otherwise spends his time reading, listening to music, doing yoga or sitting in Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap.
Gregg Hunter, house manager
Gregg S. Hunter II is an M. Div student at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is from Maryland by way of Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS and Washington D.C., and never thought he’d be living in the Midwest. But it’s grown on him; everything except that wind, anyway.
Hi, my name is Kiran I am studying for a Master’s in Social Sciences (Economics). I did my undergrad at Oxford, in my spare time I enjoy reading playing squash and watching US TV shows.
Esther (Nanju) Kwan
Nanju is librarian intern at the University of Chicago Library. She received her B.S Library and Information Science from Konkuk University in Korea. After graduating, she worked as ILL librarian assistant at Konkuk University Library in Korea for 3 years. Last for 2 years 2014-2016, she volunteered as an Korea government overseas volunteering librarian at Lira Secondary school in Uganda. Since March 2017, she has been doing an internship as visiting librarian intern at the University of Chicago Library. As a Christian, she is interested in young adult generation’s restoration and campus revival in the nation. She spends time trying to take good care of young adults, praying for being in presence of God, and exercising for maintaining health body and spirit. She is currently working on reviewing digitized postcard of colonial Korea in East Asian collection.
Jacob Smith is currently a student in the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago, pursuing a Master’s degree. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota where he majored in Greek and minored in Chinese Area Studies. Jacob also cultivated a love for the study of religion and history in his undergraduate work, and for Zen Buddhism and Christian mystics in particular. After graduation he hopes to continue with his research in a Near East Studies doctoral program and to, one day, exchange knowledge of obscure bronze age dialects for currency.
Brent House has limited guest accommodations but is always happy to welcome you. Guest space is available on a first-come basis and reservations should be made by contacting the house managers.
All residents and guests are asked to always bear in mind that Brent House is a center for ministry and, as such, hosts many public meetings and worship services each week. Residents and guests are expected to assist staff in maintaining a warm and welcoming hospitality.
Our one guest room is furnished with a standard double bed and, while small, is adequate for a short stay. All linens are provided. The bath is fitted with a shower and is shared with the four resident students on the same floor. A washer and dryer are available and kitchen privileges allow guests to prepare simple meals during their stay. Additionally, we are within walking distance of several good restaurants and convenient to the university campus. Our location is especially convenient for prospective students and for parents visiting campus; we especially enjoy hosting parents of students actively involved in our programs and activities.
While there is no fixed charge for the use of our guest facilities, donations assist us with the expenses of such hospitality. We recommend a minimum of $45 per night; for stays longer than five days, rates are pro-rated to existing room rentals in the house.
From time to time, resident space is available for short terms of 2 to 12 weeks between student tenancies. Please contact the House Manager if or when such facilities might serve your needs.