Home to UKirk at UVA (Westminster’s undergraduate campus ministry), Common Grounds is a space for UVA students to share meals and conversation, study, and enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks. The building is also the gathering spot for 20/30/40 CreW (Westminster’s ministry with graduate students and young adults), youth classes, and other community events.
Upstairs in Common Grounds, there are small offices for nonprofit organizations supporting the Charlottesville community. Current residents include BEATDiabetes, Habitat for Humanity’s Virginia Office, and Theological Horizons.
Over the decades, Common Grounds has been a space to share ideas, question, and connect. Within its walls, people have discussed important issues of each generation, called for social justice, raised prayers, and played music. Thanks to an innovative new community partnership, by fall 2024 the ground floor of Common Grounds will become a second location for Kindness Cafe + Play, a local coffee shop with an amazing mission. The space will continue to be UKirk at UVA’s home while welcoming the broader community to enjoy coffee and kindness for a good cause during designated hours.