|CHRISTIAN COHOUSING III||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Al Morel (vemsponsor.ultranet.com)|
|Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 12:33:37 -0500|
CHRISTIAN COHOUSING ISSUES It seems that I've ignited a small firestorm wrt the Christian cohousing issue. Although I am new to the list, I have done some research and asked the question on Christian cohousing only when I found no information on the subject anywhere. There seems to be lots of information on Christian intentional communities, but nothing on Christian cohousing, specifically. The reason, it appears, is that Christian cohousing is nonexistent or underground. You may be interested to know that there are many, many Christian neighborhoods throughout the country. Informal cohousing if you will. WE SHARE YOUR CONCERNS Thanks to those who expressed encouragement or, at least, tolerance to our ideas. Let me share that we too share your concerns about economic and social diversity, religious and racial bigotry, cults, and isolationism. We're trying to deal with all these issues and others that are specific to our beliefs. COHOUSING IN PERSPECTIVE Cohousing, in this country and even in Denmark, is a relatively new concept. I share your enthusiasm wrt cohousing but I wonder in 50-100 years if the cohousing communities that are being built now will be thriving or be condos. MacCamant and Durrett 's book, which so many cite chapter and verse, is a wonderful resource and source of inspiration. However, it is a commercial for cohousing and not an entirely objective view. Forgive my heresy, but cohousing has not yet withstood the test of time. Over time, as the concept matures, there will be more information available on the downside of cohousing just as there is on the demise of many other types of intentional communities. Let's go forward with open minds AND open eyes. FOOD FOR THOUGHT We can choose to learn from the past successes and failures of other types of intentional communities. One of the things that successful intentional communities all have working for them is something that has been termed: "a common belief system or philosophy." Many times this takes the form of a common religious bond. We can learn from the successes and focus on living communities that have expressed commonalities like Christianity, solar energy enthusiasts, home schoolers, vegetarians, etc. It may be more difficult to "market," but the long-term success will be greater. Of course, you could just market it to the double-income, white, middle class, liberal, college educated, baby boomer, suburbanite, agnostic, politically correct, import-beer drinking, sports utility vehicle driving, computer literate, Sunday New York Times reading, types. ;) I WOULDN'T WANT TO BELONG TO A (GOLF) CLUB THAT WOULD HAVE ME AS A MEMBER In general, I do not feel offended by opposition to my point of view. As I shared with you, we are wrestling with many of the same issues. I am, however, wounded by the inference that I would join a golf club. That hurts! ;) Al Morel Christian Cohousing Wanabee Pet peeve 1: People who don't keep their pet peeves to themselves. Pet peeve 2: People who break their own pet peeve rules. Oooppps! Al Morel Grassroots Sports Marketing phone 508-897-4646 fax 508-897-2585 vem [at] sponsor.ultranet.com
- CHRISTIAN COHOUSING III Al Morel, September 8 1997
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