Copyright: 10/25/2000

By Daniel Brady


Community of Light's Newsletter #7
 

Affirmation: The land we seek is first found in the heart, then in the mind, then in the world !


 

We are 1/8th the way at 250K!

 

News from back East!

 

The word from here:

We are still finding our way. Slowly but I hope surely we will find a way to make the Community of Light a reality. We have not talked and or discussed it in a concrete way. In this issue there is some news from the people that have written me, thoughts brought out by questions, and some new contacts to say hello to. I have also been working on getting us listed at the Fellowship for Intentional Community, (F.I.C.)'s website. We are listed on their site now but I am waiting for further news.

For everyones reflection I have again included the copy of the questionaire that I sent to the F.I.C. If you have concerns about what I have put or suggestions let me know. That is at the bottom of this page.

I hope all is well with you. I know that it has been a while since the last news letter, but life never lets up.

Dan


Some new folks have contacted us.

 We have some new contacts, here are their letters to us and the responses sent back. I know it is old material, my responses that it is, but it may make the vision clearer to reflect upon it.

 

First from: Alvin Kerbuntzal, earthen@cheerful.com

Hi there, I would like to know more about the commune. where is the location and such. thank you love, herb

So I wrote him back:

A.K.,

I will keep you on the mailing list. I usually send out a mailing a few times a year. If you have any thoughts, ideas, concerns please let me know about them. That is the way I hope to build a committee of some sort.

As far as a particular place goes water would be a prime concern, and we would not buy land without water or water rights. We want to be able to grow our own food, have some kind or kinds of cottage industry or on site employment. Part of the vision, mine, is that we have sustainable means for ourselves and our children.

Let me know how this strikes you.

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Next we hear from

Alicia Thompson, tang_girl@yahoo.com

I would like to be on your list please. I was just looking up communal living on google and happened to get a hit for y'all. I'm 22 and about to graduate from college in Dec with a BFA in theater design. I'm looking into intentional communities.

Let's see. I'm a writer, currently involved in a novel. Concerns-- I don't have any money. If you want contributions and such, I can't help. I'm not sure if I want to commit to a commune for good, but I would like to see if maybe I can find a bit of what I'm looking for.

Random things about me- I love sci-fi. I like movies and books. I'll read anything that stays still long enough. I call myself pagan, but I grew up Southern Baptist. I'm not a fan of bugs and I like sushi.

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Just moments before I was to put this page up I received an email from Rebecca T. She wrote:

I need to live in balance with nature. I don't know where to start. Every time I try to research the things I need to be researching, teaching myself what I need to be learning, I just get so overwhelmed. Teaching myself to live independently in the wild is one thing. Getting there is a whole other thing. Immigration, land owning, money for the right to live on the land that is naturally ours. I need experience. I need to complete my college degree.

That's when I got the idea to look into communal living, the option of staying IN society, but living apart from it. A few friends had mentioned it but I never considered it, opting instead to fight my way into some jungle and set up residence in a tree. But, I know through my research I have to learn first how to live.

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Next we heard from: Received: from Bnnewman@aol.com

What's the scoop as of late on the communal-type environmnet prospects? Just curious...no money to put into it, but an interested party...so long as wherever it is has no snow. I'm a florida / south texas girl. Thanks, bnn.

I had mentioned to this person that spirituality would play a part in the commune that my wife and I envision. So she asked me about that and this is the answer that I gave. It may be food for thought.

Spiritual for us means that we pray, believe, have friends who do the same. We are not christian in the mainstream sense of that word. We are, at best, ecclectic. We have gone to Universal Worship services, Sufi gatherings, and some others.

As to the community, my wife and I, as well as a few others, have thought that the physical layout would include a community hall or building that all would have access to and would have various functions, however, each member would have their own dwelling, however humble. Financial requirements, well, I am hoping to gather capital of some 2 million dollars. By which I mean that if we have a bunch of interested people then we would only begin meeting and planning once we had a collective capital of 2M. I know that different people will have different incomes and wealth. So I have imagined the buying of "shares" and holding the property collectively. I would like it if we could work it out so that individuals would be able to have some equity value that they'd be able to regain if they decided to sell off their share, but in a commune those who stayed in would have to have some say about who replaced the departing person. All these issues are complex and have various kinds of solutions, which we'd have to work out.

Since the idea is to make a better life, I feel a primary obligation would be to add value to the common enterprise or good so that we all had more free time, more personal development, and less problems than we have now.

That all said, nothing has been specifically worked out yet I still get persons who are interested and write or exchange email, but we have not met, organized, or determined where we will settle.

I hope that that is an adequate answer to your inquiry.

Dan


Just a cautionary word:

Consider yourselves welcome to write to me and express your ideas about what our commune should be. We are, after all, the persons who will make it up.

I imagine there are alot of ideas out there and I know that anything I have said here or so far in prior issues is not meant to be written in stone.

Thanks, Dan and Wendy

 

From: Jaybear

Hello Dan,

Good to hear from you. I am still developing my flea market biz here in Cortez currently. The land I have mentioned on the lake is still available as far as I know. I am unable to move forward on it at this time due to my finances being tied up in the biz. The biz is currently being marketed and should it sell I still plan on pursuing the land and the communal living concept. I am currently a member of yahoo but have not accessed yahoo for a long time. I am sure I could figure out the chat system. My e-mail address at yahoo is jay4nier@yahoo.com

Talk 2 ya soon! jaybear


Communities Magazine, F.I.C.

This is a magazine that comes out regularly and it is a resource for those seeking to explore the life in a commune. The directory that they have is a great primer in understanding the variety of life out in the community universe. You can write them at the address given below.

Communities Magazine, Rt 1 Box 155D, Rutledge Mo. 63653 or call them at: 816-883-5545. Their website is at Intentional Communities

 

More from the FIC?

Well, yes. I am trying to have us listed on thier site and to get a listing in their large resource book when it comes out. So far I have us listed as the Community of Light. I have a link from my site to theirs and have fowarded correspondents to them. Below is the letter that I most recently recieved from them:

 

Hello Dan,

I've forwarded your message along to the person who collects the questionnaires for the book the Communities Directory to see if he has yours.

Does your forming community have a web site? If so please let us know the URL so we can take a look and consider linking to from http://www.ic.org/iclist.html

If you have a web page but don't have it hosted yet, we do offer a good price for community-site hosting, if you'd like more details please let me know.

Also, in case you don't know about it already, you might want to place a posting in the Reachbook, just go to http://www.ic.org/ and follow the link in the navigation bar to REACH. Or more direct try the following link: Reachbook.

Sincerely, Jillian www.ic.org

 

How the listing reads

Community of Light

We want to form a commune in a rural area, grow a large portion of our own food, create a profitable cottage industry, and thereby be self employed. We want to respect the land that we live on and engage in right livelihood. We also want to contribute to the society of the world and so our over all purpose would be to benefit our immediate community as well as our society in general. Ideally we would want to be near enough to a town of no more than approximately 10,000 so that we could barter, or provide services in exchange income or to network with and within.

Email Address: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com

Web Address: http://www.creativeideasforyou.com/commune_land.html

Mail Address: 138 University St. San Francisco Ca. 94134

Phone: 415-587-3442

 

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Email Addresses:

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Email: Dan Brady

 

Email: Julie

Email: L. Florida

Email: Stephanie

Email: Tasha

Email: Sterling S.

Email: Jim S.

Email: B. C. Hatherly

Email: Rebekah

Email: Basha

Email: Anthony Duhon

Email: Alvin

Email: Rebecca

 

Email: Stephanie

Email: Christine G.

Email: James McGill

Email: Rachael Wade, et al.

Email: Jay Fournier

Email: Calvin

Email: Helema Kadir

Email: Jessica Erin

Email: JDL

Email: Brendino

Email: Alicia

Email: Bonnie


 

Humor

Nothing is funny as politics can be funny. Herre is a bipartisan collection that will bring a chuckle or two.

Longtime Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley was known for beheading the English language with such mutilations as "I resent your insinuendoes" and "No man is an Ireland." "Today the real problem is the future," he declared but predicted that "We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement." Mr. Daley's creative word choices must have been contagious because anotherChicago politician was heard to shout, "I don't want to cast asparagus at my opponent!"

Pronounced Bill Clinton, "I believe that this country's policies should be heavily biased in favor of non-discrimination."

A political candidate confronted by questions from a Philadelphia reporter begged off by saying, "Candidly I cannot answer that. The question is too suppository."

Explaining why he would never return o Washington, Defense Secretary Bobby Ray Inman metaphorized, "I came to a fork in the road and I took it."

And a three-time mayor with a 36-year career in politics once concluded, "Let's jump off that bridge when we come to it."

 


Runnaway Public Relations?

A Questionaire?

This may be controversial, but I filled out this questionaire that might bring us some exposure if it is published in the Communities Directory 2000. I plan on calling them and seeing if this might be arranged. It could be a way of getting started. The answers below were purely speculative. I based some on what I knew of you all, some on what might be true, and some on wishful thinking. None of it is determined at this point, each item is up for discussion. Let me know what you think.

For your convenience I put the responses I made in this highlighted text color.

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY QUESTIONNAIRE

[Rev. 10Jan99]

A publication of the Fellowship for Intentional Community(for North America -- see our shorter form for other countries email: SendForeignSurvey@ic.org)

Please answer this questionnaire, even if you do not want to have your information printed. This will help us to know what is going on in the communities movement.

Answer as much as you can, though it is acceptable to leave a question blank if it proves too difficult to answer.Any information you share with us is valuable, as long as it is accurate.

If you are answering via email the easiest thing to do isto reply to this message, keeping the text, and then fill in the blanks and check boxes.

If you have any questions please email us at dir2000@ic.org See our web site at http://directory.ic.org/ Please return the completed questionnaire to:

 

Communities Directory 2000

138 Twin Oaks

Louisa VA 23093 USA

Fax: 734-629-0384

Email: dir2000@ic.org

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PART ONE: CONTACT INFORMATION

Note: Check in the "[ ]" box if you do NOT want the info on that line to be printed.

 

A1. [ ] Name of Community:

A2. [ ] Other Names the community is (or was) known by:

A3. [ ] Mailing address of Community: (See A4)

A4. Address as you would like it to be printed:

138 University St. SF CA 94134

A5. Telephone number/s of community:

[X] Telephone 1: 415-587-3442

[ ] Telephone 2:

[ ] Fax:

A6. [X] Email 1: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com

[X] Email 2: dpmb2000@yahoo.com

[ ] Web URL: http://creativeideasforyou.com/commune_land.html

 

What is the PRIMARY language spoken in your community?

English, at the moment

 

A7. (Y) Do you still exist as an intentional community?

(If "no", please complete the rest of this question and send us any referrals you might know of for groups appropriate to include.)

( ) We have never been an intentional community.

(Please describe briefly the nature of your group):

( ) We were once a community, but are no longer.

____ Our community folded in (month/year)

(Please, briefly describe the causes and/or circumstances):

A8. (Y) Do you want to be listed in the Communities Directory as an intentional community?

[Please note that a "yes" here implies a willingness to respond to inquiries about your community -- unless indicated otherwise below. At the same time, a "yes" does NOT NECESSARILY mean you are open to new members or that you encourage visitors --There are questions in Part 2 that address these and other issues.]

A9. Describe any special limitations on how you wish your community to be listed (beyond anything indicated by boxes checked in A1-A6):

Part of our purpose is to grow as much of our own food as possible.

A10. If your community has any restrictions on its willingness to respond to inquiries, please indicate below:

( ) We cannot commit to responding promptly

(X) Include SASE* with inquiries

[*self-addressed, stamped envelope]

If this option checked, specify one:

( ) SASE Requested

( ) SASE Required

(X) Other (please explain): We prefer email.

A11. (Y/N) Do you wish to be kept on the mailing list of the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (the publisher of this Directory and of Communities magazine)?

A12. ( ) Check, If you do NOT want your name and address passed on to other groups working for positive social change

A13. Name of person answering this questionnaire: Dan Brady

A14. Date: 12/5/99

A15. Name, address, and phone number of person to contact about continued accuracy of answers to this questionnaire (if different from person answering this questionnaire)

Name: Dan Brady

Address: 138 University St.

Phone: 415-5870-3442

Email: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com

A16. BONUS QUESTION [Optional -- we can use your ideas on this one!] How do you define "community", and how does your group fit that description?

My wife and I began searching for others who want to create a cooperative group that creates positive change in our locality, and in wider regions. A commune is a group of persons living togather for a purpose wider than simply keeping hearth and home togather

PART TWO: CROSS-REFERENCE CHART

Answers to this section will be used to create a Cross-Reference Chart. We have tried to narrow our questions to those most frequently asked by prospective members. Please answer these questions FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF YOUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, not as an individual.

PLEASE TRY TO ANSWER CONCISELY.

On "Yes/No" questions, feel free to use these other responsesif they will make your answer more accurate:

[M] "Maybe"

[S] "Sometimes" or "Somewhat"

[P] "Preferred" or "Probably".

Where percentages or actual counts are requested, approximations are quite acceptable -- we're looking for trends and telling statistics more than precise counts....

ALSO NOTE: If your community is part of a larger network, please fill out this form FOR YOUR COMMUNITY ONLY, and NOT FOR THE BROADER NETWORK. The values shared with your network should come through in your answers.

( ) Check here if this is the case, and list the name of your network:

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COMMUNITY HISTORY & MEMBERSHIP

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1.

____ What year was your community established?

____ Date group began forming 1997, November

____ Date land/house purchased not as of yet

____ Date began living as a group not as of yet

(If any dates are less than two years ago, include month)

2. How many members (including all provisional and trial members) do you now have in each of the following age groups?

Age, in years (Enter member count for each age group)

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0-4 = 0

5-9 = 0

10-14 = 0

15-19 = 0

20-24 = 2

25-29 = 4

30-34 = 0

35-39 = 1

40-49 = 4

50-59 = 2

60-69 =

70&up =

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TOTAL POPULATION = 16 interested parties but some have not given their age

3. (N) Does your community have a vision of a maximum

population size?

If "yes" please specify the projected number of residents:

___ Adults

___ Children

 

4. What portion of your community membership lives together oncommunity property (either owned or rented)?

( ) All ( ) Most ( ) Some ( ) Few (X) None

5a. Is your community membership generally open to:

(X) Both men and women

( ) Women only

( ) Men only

5b. Of the adult members in your community:

___ How many are women 7

___ How many are men 9

6 . (?) Is there a provisional membership and/or trial

period for new members?

We have not decided that.

7. What was your highest adult population for:

___ 1993 ___ 1994 ___ 1995 ___ 1996 ___ 1997 10 1998

8. Are you open to new members?

(Y) Adults

(Y) Children

(N) Do you have any age range preferences or restrictions? If "Yes", please specify:

Not at this time.

9. Since we have not bought land, we are open to visitors coming to SF to talk and discuss matters, if this is applicable then the answers to #9 are as follows

(Y) Is your community open to visitors?

If "Yes", check one:

( ) You REQUEST that they make arrangements in advance.

(Y) You REQUIRE that they make arrangements in advance.

(M) Is there a cost for visiting?

It is not clear that we will be able to put people up, we rent at this time and it could be "sticky"

(N) May visitors work instead of paying?

10. If applicable, check here if your group considers itself to be in a:

(X) "Forming" stage

( ) "Re-Forming" stage

[NOTE: Your group will automatically be listed as "Forming" or "Reforming" if your membership is fewer than 4 adults, or if you have been in existence for less than 18 months.]

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DECISION MAKING

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11.

(N) Does your group have an identified leader?

(M) Does your group have a leadership core group?

12. How are community leaders selected?

( ) Elected

(Y) Volunteers

( ) Family Lineage

( ) No Leaders of any kind

( ) Appointed by board or council

( ) Appointed by previous leader(s)

( ) Divine Guidance

(Y) Other (please specify):

We plan on a concensus format for establishing committees.

13. Please check any skills/responsibilities your group uses as criteria

(formal or informal) for leader identification and/or selection:

( ) Spiritual leadership

( ) Project Coordination/Management

( ) Facilitation of group process

( ) Articulation of the community vision

( ) Personal Charisma

(Y) Other (specify:)

Skills, willingness to work, being able to build cooperation among persons.

14. Among participating members, how are major decisions made?

(Check all that apply. If you check more than one,

please describe briefly.)

(Y) By consensus

( ) By the community leader

( ) By majority rule

( ) By a group of elders or other leaders

(Y) Other (Please specify): Committees, and study groups

15. (Y) Do you use a system of decision-making where one or more members' views are given more weight than others -- by virtue of length of membership, special relationship with the group, or other basis for privilege agreeable to the community? (Please do not include trial members in answering) If "Yes", please describe your group's process or criteria for assigning decision-making responsibilities:

Some of us have talked about a limited form of "buy in" where in "shares" are created used to translate into votes. We have not talked about this in general yet, however. Others want a very democratic system with a heavy concensus element, shared responsibilities and rotating leadership roles.

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OWNERSHIP & ECONOMICS

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16. What is the legal structure of your community?

(Y) No Legal Structure

( ) Not-For-Profit Corporation

(Y/N) If Not-for-Profit, is it also tax-exempt?

( ) For-Profit Corporation

( ) Partnership

( ) Cooperative

( ) Other (specify:)

17. Who owns your land?

( ) The community

( ) Community-controlled land trust

( ) Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)

( ) Another form of Non-profit :

( ) An absentee landlord

(Y) Individual community member(s)

( ) A subgroup of community members

(Y) Other (please specify) Many of us want to have individual property within the communes land.

18. Who owns your building(s)?

(Y) The community

( ) Community-controlled land trust

( ) Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)

( ) Another form of Non-profit:

( ) An absentee landlord

(Y) Individual community member(s)

( ) A subgroup of community members

( ) Other (please specify)

 

(continued from column one)

 19. To what extent do members of your community share their labor and earned income? [Please check all that apply.]

( ) Members share all income

( ) Members handle their own finances independently

( ) Members are expected to regularly contribute money to the group.

If this item checked, please specify one or more:

___% A fixed percentage of earned income

$____ An amount (or range) paid per month:

( ) An amount determined by the individual

( ) Members are expected to regularly contribute labor to the group. If "Yes" please specify the number (or range) of hrs/month:(Y) Other (Please specify):

We have not determined this as of yet.

20. (M) Does your community require a fee for joining? If "Yes," please specify "All Assets", an amount, or formula used to determine the joining fee:

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COMMUNITY BUSINESS

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Note: The following five questions are for the Business committee of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. If these questions are too difficult to answer or not applicable, please move on and fill out the rest of the questionnaire. While we would like this information, we do not want it to keep you from turning in the questionnaire.

21. Does your community operate one or more businesses? If yes, please answer the accompanying questions for each one:

(No, not yet)

a. Name

b. Product or service

c. Gross annual profit

d. Number of full-time employees

e. Number of part-time employees

f. Total amount of labor devoted to business per year or per month

g. Are there openings for more employees?

h. Is employment priority given to community members?

22. Are there individuals or groups of community members who operate businesses within the community. If yes, please answer the accompanying questions for each one: (No, not yet)

a. Name

b. Product or service

c. Gross annual profit

d. Number of full-time employees

e. Number of part-time employees

f. Total amount of labor devoted to business per year or per month

g. Are there openings for more employees?

h. Is employment priority given to community members?

 

23. Do you have business experience/expertise that you are willing to share with others interested in community businesses? Are you looking for business help?

(Not at this time.)

Answer the following questions accordingly: expertise looking to share for help

A = we have

B = we are

A....B

( ) ( ) Business plan development

( ) ( ) Securing capital

( ) ( ) Management skills

( ) ( ) Technical advice about our particular product or service

( ) ( ) Marketing

( ) ( ) Accounnting and record keeping

( ) ( ) Other (please describe)

24. Are you willing to be contacted by FIC's Business Development Group for follow-up questions and information? (Y)

25. Name, address, email, and phone of business contact person if different than listed above in question A15. (it is the same)

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LIFESTYLE CHOICES

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26. (R/U/B) Are you rural, urban, or both? (We wish to be outside a small city/town)

___ How many houses/residential buildings?

___ How many total bedrooms?

___ If rural, how many acres do you have?

27. It can be very difficult placing communities into categories, and

yet for some communities this is straightforward and informative.

Not all communities will fit but if you have some clarity, please

check one category:

( ) cohousing (Y) commune ( ) ecovillage

( ) ashram/monastery/temple ( ) cooperative house

( ) intentional neighborhood ( ) land trust/coop

28. What style(s) of housing do you have for adult members?

We have none as of yet.

a. Check the housing style that best fits your community:

( ) Separate building for each family

( ) 2 or more families per building

( ) Separate building for individuals

( ) 2 or more individuals per building

( ) Other (please specify)

b. Check the roommate situation that best fits your community:

( ) Adults having own room

( ) Couples sharing rooms

( ) Others sharing rooms (2-3/room)

( ) Dorms (4 or more adults/room)

( ) Other (please specify)

c. Check the lifestyle that best fits your community:

( ) Individual

( ) Nuclear Family

( ) Extended Family

( ) Monastic

( ) Other (please specify)

29. How many school-aged children does your community have in the following education options:

___ Home schooled

___ Private schooled at the community

___ Private schooled off the property

___ Public schooled

30. What percentage of your own food do you grow?

(X) None ( ) 1-5% ( ) 6-20% ( ) 21-50% ( ) over 50%

31. Typically, how frequently do most or all community members eat together? [Please check only one.]

This is not applicable to us, since we are not yet togather.

( ) Rarely

( ) 1-3 times/month

( ) 1 time/week

( ) 2-5 times/week

( ) Nearly all dinners

( ) Nearly all meals

32. Please indicate the dietary practices and preferences of your members. If diet and health practices are up to the individual members, check here ( ) and answer for the majority.

CODES TO ENTER BELOW:

5 = Emphasized by the community; a basic part of our diet

4 = Eaten regularly, but no community policy

3 = Eaten with fair regularity, not a daily staple

2 = Eaten occasionally

1a = Not provided by the community, but OK to buy your own

1b = Not eaten at the community, but OK when eating out

0 = Community does not allow this in member diets

NOTE: Enter "1" if both 1a and 1b are true

5 Organically grown food

5 Raw foods

5 Fruit

5 Vegetables

3 Milk & milk products

3 Eggs

4 Whole grain/minimally processed food

1b Red Meat

1b Poultry

3 Fish

1a White Sugar

2 Caffeine

1a Alcohol

1a Tobacco

___ Other (specify):

___ Other (specify):

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SEXUAL ISSUES

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33. In your community, are gay, lesbian, and bisexual people primarily:

(X) out in the open

( ) discreet

( ) in hiding

( ) I don't know any

34. In your surrounding neighborhood, are gay, lesbian, and bisexual people primarily:

This does not apply we have no location as of yet.

( ) out in the open

( ) discreet

( ) in hiding

( ) I don't know any

35. (N) Are there any restrictions on sexual relationships among consenting adult members? If "Yes", please describe:

36. Please indicate which relationship styles are presently practiced in your community (by at least one member):

Presently (Not done) (Required) (Preferred) (Allowed)

(X) Celebate: presently

( ) Gay men:

(X) Lesbian: presently

( ) Bisexual:

(X) Monogamy: presently

(X) Marriage: presently

( ) Group marriage:

( ) Open relationships:

(X) Other (list below)

We do not intend, at this point to allow, require, or disallow any of those choices listed it should be the persons/people's choice.

37. In your community, what is your best estimate as to how many people self-identify with the following labels:

Celibate: ( ) All ( ) Many ( ) Some (X) One or two ( ) None

Heterosexual: ( ) All (X) Many ( ) Some ( ) One or two ( ) None

Gay men: ( ) All ( ) Many ( ) Some ( ) One or two (X) None

Lesbian: ( ) All ( ) Many ( ) Some (X) One or two ( ) None

Bisexual: ( ) All ( ) Many ( ) Some ( ) One or two (X) None

38. Within a fifty mile radius of your intentional community are there any:

(Y/N/DK) gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (glbt) social groups

(Y/N/DK) glbt support groups?

(Y/N/DK) glbt-oriented bookstores?

Not applicable until we have a location.

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POLITICS & RELIGION

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39. How much has your community been talking about the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem?

(X) None

( ) Barely mentioned

( ) Some discussion

( ) A lot of discussion

( ) We're seriously into it

40. (N) Does your community have a primarily political focus?

If "Yes", please describe:

(N) Does your community have a primarily spiritual focus?

At this time most of us have some spiritual aspiration, though no common path.

41. Please indicate which spiritual paths are

presently practiced in your community:

M/R = A major community focus <ETH> REQUIRED of members

M/O = A major community focus <ETH> not REQUIRED of members

I = Individuals within the community practice this faith

A = Acceptable - though no present members

N = Not acceptable

(A) Bahai (A) Native American

(I) Buddhist (A) Orthodoxy (Greek, Russian, etc.)

(I) Christian Scientist (A) Paganism/Earth Religions

(I) Eastern (A) Protestant/Lutheran

( ) Emissaries (A) Quaker

( ) Hare Krishna (I) Roman Catholic

(I) Humanist (I) Scientology

( ) Hutterian Brethren (I) Sufi

(I) Jewish (A) Transcendental Meditation

( ) Mennonite ( ) Unification Church

( ) Moravian ( ) Unitarian Universalist

(A) Mormon ( ) Atheism

(A) Muslim ( ) Agnosticism

(A) Ecumenical (includes "all religions")

(A) Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)

( ) Other (Please specify):

42. Primary Focus.

Please write down 2-4 words (maximum of 30 characters including spaces) which most accurately summarize your group's primary purpose and/or focus.

"self sustaining ecological peacemakers"

PART THREE: COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION

This is the most important part. Please give us a description of your community. Try to include glimpses of your vision, your daily life, your projects--images that will give Directory readers a sense of what is special about your group. If your listing is less than 1296 characters, it is free. (That's 18 lines at 72 characters per line.) There is a US$0.08 for each additional character beyond the first 1296.

"We want to live and work in our homes. We want to grow our own food and raise our children as a village. Home schooling is a possibility. We want to create an enterprise which allows us to do this wether it be mail order, creating a retreat center, becoming organic food producers, developing crafts, or marketing our skills to the local economy. We want to be off the power grid generating our own power. We want to be part of the solution.

We want to live in peace with others. Provide some resource for those in need and assist in educating humanity in being humane."

 

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