Bright Morning Star

Seattle, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: August 14, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Mission Statement

Supportive family, ecological/sustainable living patterns, social justice

Community Description

Bright Morning Star is a small urban cooperative, formed to support our members in their social justice and artistic pursuits. Located in Seattle, we enjoy many benefits of city living, including a wide range of friends and interests outside our home: Quaker meeting, music, environmental and social justice organizations, and the Northwest Intentional Community Association, among others. We share chores, food, mostly vegetarian meals, and meet regularly, making decisions by consensus. Our workdays honor the continued well-being of our home, and our celebrations recognize the Light within each of us. Occasionally one of us spontaneously bursts into song. We began in Philadelphia in 1979 via the Life Center as two couples (gay and straight) combining incomes and co-parenting three children. In 1985 we moved to Seattle and eventually bought a large, airy house. Although members have come and gone over the years, we are still committed to maintaining a pleasant, cooperative, multicultural and nurturing environment for personal growth and social activism. Our “Solar Plan” is now complete with our second solar energy installation. Two sets of solar panels produce large portions of our hot water and electricy. It’s quite a thrill to see the electric meter running in reverse. Invited guests are welcome. Advance notice required.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1979
  • Start Living Together: 1979
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jonathan Betz-Zall
  • Phone: 206-782-9305
  • Community Address:
    302 NW 81st St
    Seattle, Washington, 98117-4030
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 1993
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    Single city lot


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Write at least two weeks in advance, either by email or with a SASE. All visitors are approved by the group, so tell us something substantial about yourself, particularly your purpose in visiting. We are small in size and short on time and energy to share with visitors, but welcome those who may share our interests.

  • Membership Process:

    When openings occur, we advertise on . We select the most promising responses and interview the people at meals. If things look good we schedule a second meeting within a few days, during which we check references. When a person is invited to join, s/he will move in for a 3-month trial period, and post a $200 deposit bond. At the end of the trial period, we hold a “clearness” meeting, where each person testifies as to the opportunities and challenges presented by the person’s membership. Then, if all are in agreement, the person is admitted to full membership.

  • Additional Comments:

    grace before meals, meditation after housemeeting

    no children currently in community


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Everyone living here who has undergone a formal “clearness” process is considered a full member. Decisions about the long-term structure of the house (roof, energy systems, etc.) are made by the property owners. All other decisions are made by the entire group of members.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $801
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    cost-sharing, non-profit rent level

    debt has no effect on membership

    weekly chores, bi-monthly work days.

    $200, applied to last month’s rent share

    cost-sharing; amount varies depending on number of sharers. Current upper limit $809 including food.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    but we obtain most of our vegetables from a local CSA farm

    but we accommodate all preferences

    we honor the preferences of those who are present for meals

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Quaker, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Community Affiliations

Bright Morning Star


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