|RE: report on one Christian "cohousing" community?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marci Malinowycz (SoDanceclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 22:53:22 -0500|
A couple of questions: What was their leadership structure? Who was in charge? What was their decision-making method (vote, consensus, other)? ---------- From: cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org on behalf of ruddick [at] mv3195.edison.cc.oh.us Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 1997 3:04 PM Subject: report on one Christian "cohousing" community? My first post to this list-- About 9 years ago, I played in a band that was hired to perform at "Lakeside", a Methodist community on the Lake Erie shore in N. Ohio. This community seems to fit the definition of cohousing as posted to the list. Residents occupied closely-spaced single-family homes, but they share a community recreation center, auditorium, lakefront facilities, and some services. I believe there is a representative- type resident management. I think this community existed prior to the invention of "cohousing" as a term for the concept--but it fits the description. This concludes the news portion of our broadcast. Now the editorial. I was appalled by the restrictive nature of this community. I tend to like most Methodists that I meet, but this community seemed to have more in common with narrow-minded fundamentalists. Community rules included dress codes, prohibitions against private consumption of alcoholic beverages, curfews, and other invasions into personal privacy. The community was walled and gated. I don't think it's an absolute, but I would expect more often than not that any community founded on belief systems that include mandatory agreement with a certain creed, restrictions of free thought, and regimentation of personal action would then tend to become more and more authoritarian in nature. In essence, I fear that any state-sponsored religion turns into a totalitarian structure. The best defense of your own religion just might be a high degree of tolerance and accomodation for others. TR
report on one Christian "cohousing" community? ruddick, September 9 1997
- RE: report on one Christian "cohousing" community? Marci Malinowycz, September 9 1997
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