Member Expectations Statements


Living in community has at its core the concept of stewardship which is taking on the responsibility for actions that will maintain and enhance the community. Based upon our values, stewardship is the acceptance of responsibility to shepherd and safeguard the community's well-being as well as our physical environment. As members of Durham Cohousing, we implicitly accept the role of stewards of our community and all its assets. We are all stewards bound by our own sense of responsibility to live cooperatively in a way that realizes the potential strength and beauty of our community.
Among the aspects of being a steward of Durham Cohousing are:
  • Recognizing that great communities are not born. They are built.
  • Accepting personal responsibility to make our community a better place for everyone.
  • Using our values in every decision we make and every action we take.
  • Recognizing that our actions have an enduring effect.
  • Being called upon to participate in many roles that contribute to our community.

Caring for each other

Living cooperatively means we care for each other.
  • We treat each other with respect in our actions and words.
  • We assume good intent.
  • We trust our processes and each other.

Contributing to our community

We give of our time and talents for the benefit of the community in many ways:
  • We attend plenary meetings, and read minutes of those meetings we cannot attend.
  • We participate in community decision-making.
  • We contribute our time and talents in at least 2 types of community work activities on a regular basis. The following are some examples:
  • Serving on task circles, task forces and hubs and attending their meetings.
  • Doing the work identified by a hub, task circle or task force.
  • Serving in support roles for plenary meetings.
  • Participating in community workdays.
  • Planning, preparing and/or cleaning up from common meals.
  • Participating in external community meetings as a Durham Cohousing representative.
  • Performing housekeeping and landscaping duties identified.