Last updated: January 9, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
(, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 1972 Established: 1972
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.TwelveTribes.org/
Visitors accepted: Yes
Please communicate directly with the community you desire to visit. We are always very open to visitors. We know there must be many more people with the same heart we have to be gathered together and to care for one another…
Open to new Members: Yes
The spread of love
Although it is not a legal name or entity, we are known as the Twelve Tribes because we are organized as a tribal people in twelve different geographical areas (Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwest, and the West Coast of the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia). In each tribal area there are a number of communities, depending on how long that tribe has been established. Each community consists of one or more households that all shares a “common purse” in that location funded by whatever industries that community has established. Some are farm communities, and some are urban. Some have cottage industries, some service industries, and many operate cafes and markets selling wholesome food at reasonable prices. In every community we live together, work together, teach our children together, take our meals together, and worship together.
Our life is not “religious” in the conventional way of thinking (we don’t “go to church”), but it is deeply “spiritual”—that is, we strive to maintain a heart-to-heart fellowship with one another, and with our Creator, at all times. To us, the only valid religion is one that expresses itself in daily, practical love and care for one another that overcomes economic, racial, social, and doctrinal divisions. We believe the Bible, living by the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments. We follow Yahshua, the Messiah, called “Jesus Christ” in most English Bibles. We prefer his original Hebrew name and title, because it connects us to his radical origins and mission—to restore the spiritual life that was supposed to characterize Israel. They were supposed to be a spiritual nation of twelve tribes whose life of love and unity was to be a light to the nations around them. But they failed.
So we have set our hearts to restore that life in a real and practical way, to carve out of this dying world places where children can grow up pure and undefiled, full of vision and purpose, and where weary damaged people can find healing and restoration. Together we can express the love of our awesome Creator!