Brotherhood of Christ Church – Essene Community
south central, Iowa, United States
- Last updated: December 7, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: December 28, 2013
Daily living your Love for God
We are a deeply religious community. We allow no violence, swearing, drugs, smoking or alcohol use, nor any sexual activity outside the context of marriage. Our religion is soundly Christian, although no one would recognize it as modern, western Christianity because it comes from an ancient background. We believe in the spiritual empowerment that Jesus taught in John 14:12 where He said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.”
No one person leads, but we have a community Council that makes decisions dealing with long term community issues. There are several other leadership bodies, all of which make decisions by “common consent” which is conditional unanimity. The mothers of children under 14 make decisions about family needs, medical, special diets, clothing, and other special needs. The fathers of children under 14 manage all the farming and land usage. The grandparents or “older elders” decide on matters dealing with equality, parenting needs, education, wisdom and advice. All men of religious service decide about worship matters. There is a Storehouse Board made up of members of each of the other groups who decide financial expenditures each month. Only two people drive or spend money for all the full members in Community. We keep a version of the Community Rule found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. We encourage interested persons to listen to our class series Christ View: A Perspective for Christian Community available at the “business, project” link in the upper right corner of this page. This series gives a good taste of our religious viewpoint. Hope you enjoy it!
We are a horse and buggy community. We use draft horses to farm nearly 1200 acres. We raise almost all our own food, although we still buy salt, sugar (in small quantities), cooking oil, and yeast. We sew much of our own clothing. We use horses to power our machine shops and all our equipment, including the laundry houses.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1982
- Start Living Together: 1987
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.brotherhoodofchristchurch.org/
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://1drv.ms/1xzXlL4
- Contact Name: Stephanie Smith, Secretary
- Phone: 641-784-3565
- Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: common consent
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Council of the Community – leadership group
Decisions all made by Common Consent which is conditional unanimous agreement.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: All or close to all
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 40
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
If arrangments are made to service the debt
Daily work crews are mandatory; however, we keep the Sabbath and do not work then. Work ranges from around 30 hours a week in mid-winter to 60 + hours per week in mid-summer. We work a lot so please don’t be afraid of work.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 100%
- Planned food produced: 100%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment
- Internet Available: No
- Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
- Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
- Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Church potlucks and celebrations is when we usually eat together
Realistically nearer 90-95%, only buying salt, yeast, some sugar, and cooking oil
No GMO foods, no pork, no coffee
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community
- Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
Fair Housing Laws
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