Intentional Community

Intentional Community July 27, 2019
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Free From Religion, Needing Community

I have been outside of the institutional church for a while now. Leaving religion behind to experience light and love was my ambition. While I went through years of deconstruction, and enjoyed being “free” from religion, I still longed for the community. You know, having friends that you spent time with that had a common faith.

It’s Not Enough

Community is what I miss, but something else nagged at me for years. What in the world does spirit led living look like? I asked others who had left the church and their answers left me wanting. They said to work, live and be nice to people. That’s what they came to, anyway. My heart said there was more.

Spirit Led Life Is Out There

I had a taste of living a Spirit-led life while living in Africa. Perhaps that is what makes me not want to settle for good ole, “American Dreams” without community. My support was twenty-five dollars a month which lasted mere days. Then I had to “live by faith” for the rest of the month. During the six months that I did this, I never went without, and saw miracles.

Provision

Like the time an African couple gave me five hundred dollars. I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from and an invitation to lunch ended up with five fresh one hundred dollars in my pocket. Then, another time, a German scientist, looking for God in Africa, paid for a renewal of Tanzanian visa’s and monies to travel back to Arusha, Tanzania. Time and time again, complete strangers gave me what I needed and more. I had provision and temporary community.

Miracles Witnessing TruthCommunity

There were also miracles in my travels. I prayed for a Muslim man who died of alcohol poisoning, and he opened his eyes. There was the man who had been mute from birth who spoke. The two brothers with epilepsy who haven’t had a seizure since I prayed for them. When I prayed, in faith, things happened. I also preached from my heart. Apparently I was a good orator because people loved me to teach. I found myself finally standing in front of about four thousand people.

Second Sight

These experiences helped me to see, while I was inside religion, that there was something more. During my time in Africa, I wasn’t attending church on a regular basis. My life was wholly leaning upon divine trust, and relationship with the part of me that shared spiritual essence with the creator. I could hear the “still small voice” within me and learned to lean upon that intuition. It was truly, a spirit led life.

Community

God Isn’t Mad

This has led me to the belief that I pass on to you. One that aspires me to inspire others that there does exist a potential for spirit-led communities. Not living a life, working and coming home to do it all again the next day. I don’t believe that life is existing without a greater purpose than living. There is still “Good News” to share. The good news for me is that our creator desires communal relationship with us and that the world needs to know that behavior does not separate them from their creator.

Community

There are places springing up around the globe where people are returning to earth values. They are choosing to take part in a community where all take part and produce. These communities are egalitarian in nature, with everyone serving a purpose. There are eco-villages, communes, co-housing arrangements and kibbutzim springing up all over. People are yearning for more, for the familial connection that runs through us all. I believe that we can create communities such as these, but with a spiritual emphasis. Wouldn’t it be nice to agree to “love God and others” and then share that same message.

Please Check This Site Out and Get Back To Me With Your Thoughts:

https://ecovillage.org/projects/?gen_country=united-states

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  • Naked Before God

    For years I was a Pentecostal “pastor”, but now, after being from one expression to Christianity to the extreme opposite, I am absolutely done with all forms of that which is currently called “church”, and happier and enjoying my walk with God much, much more.

  • FrustratedGrace

    Naked, so good to hear from you! I totally understand. My life has blossomed since I left the institution…and I hear that yours has as well. Question though, how do you feel about the potential of a REAL honest community where everyone lives together and shares their stuff like family? Do you think its possible?

  • Rudy Schellekens

    So, you asked to tell you a little about myself, I did – and no response??

    I have some friends in Arusha, BTW\

    Interested in the miracles you experienced. What about the same, but now in the U.S.?

  • ashpenaz

    All mainline churches, all Western churches, are rooted in penal substitutionary atonement, even though some are nicer about it than others. But there’s no way to get away from that pernicious doctrine without leaving church. My current path is returning to the faith of my childhood, Christian Science. I think Mary Baker Eddy was a brilliant and prescient theologian who is frequently overlooked. Maybe because she was a woman?

  • FrustratedGrace

    Hello Naked and thank you for stopping by!
    I totally agree with you. Nothing forced as that would not be spontaneous or natural. I like your style and I appreciate your thoughts so much! All the best..PK

  • Sorry Rudy, writing four books, blogging and working full time. I don’t always respond as quickly as I’d like. There is also a glitch here were some comments are not showing up on Disqus, which we use for moderation, so sorry. I experienced far more of the miraculous in Africa. In America, we appear too cultured to believe perhaps? I don’t know but I have seen some miracles here in the states. PK

  • OffCenter Larry

    Funny you should mention Ecovillage. We’re going to the one in NC (Earthaven) for the first time next month. Looking forward to it.

  • Larry! You MUST call me! please!