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Bruderhof

Last updated: January 4, 2016 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: January 3, 2012

Bruderhof

(Rifton, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1920
  • Start Living Together: 1920
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.bruderhof.com
  • Phone: 845.658.7700
  • Community Address:
    2032 Route 213
    Rifton, New York, 12471
    United States

Mission Statement:

The Bruderhof is an international communal movement of families and singles who seek to put into action Christ’s command to love God and neighbor.

Like the first Christians described in Acts 2 and 4, we have been called to a way of life in which all are of one heart and soul, no one possesses anything, and everything is shared in common. We also draw instruction and inspiration from the Reformation era Anabaptists who revived the early Christian example of discipleship in full community.

Community Description:

The Bruderhof is an international communal movement of families and singles who seek to put into action Christ’s command to love God and neighbor.

Like the first Christians described in Acts 2 and 4, we have been called to a way of life in which all are of one heart and soul, no one possesses anything, and everything is shared in common. We also draw instruction and inspiration from the Reformation era Anabaptists who revived the early Christian example of discipleship in full community.

Our communal movement began in 1920 in Germany when a group of Christians, seeking answers to the devastation of post-war society, founded a community based on the belief that Jesus’s words in the Gospels are a guide to daily living. Today the Bruderhof consists of over 2,600 men, women, and children living in twenty-three communal settlements of varying sizes on four continents.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2600
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Come visit us – guests are always welcome
    Please write, call or email to make arrangements.
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.

Lifestyle

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.