Living Loved Communities


Some thoughts on an ideal structure
July 2, 2010, 7:14 am
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Here is my ideal structure right off the top of my head: Iam exhausted but I am going to just go with this draft. Just know there is so much more–but this will give you and idea. your input is welcome.

1. Find one or two people who share the vision that is articulated in the beginning of this blog.

2. Get to know them through conversation about the vision, proposed structure and reading their writings. Ask them to listen to God Journey Podcasts  and http://www.lifestream.com and see if we are in alignment with views shared.

3. Pray together and see if we feel lead to work together

4. If there is a yes, start talking about the structure in detail and come to agreement. If there are any minor adjustments, make at this point.

5. Actual structure is as follows:

The core group makes final decisions. whenever a decision is in the making, anyone involved will be informed and feedback/counsel will be received.

I will work on guidelines for land use and management to be approved by core group.

As interested people join, core group will consider admitting them to the core group as people demonstrate trustworthiness and alignment with values.

If people are obviously trying to control or change the basic structure–they will be kindly asked to withdraw. Yes, we do just want people who are naturally in alignment with the values of living loved. Unfortunately there are many Christians who think it is their God Given duty to change folks like us who are trying to live loved–and we do not want to waste our time in dealing with these people who are not really interested in living in harmony, but wanting to change us.

Land use:

At first, the people who live here will be either living in the house which is adequate for offering both private and public space , or camping near by. They will be the pioneers. Patricia will not be living in the community, but will serve as advisor once the core group is established.

As zoning land use laws are researched, the core group will determine how to deal with the various ways that people will have stewardship over land. A land trust might be established in time.

The main rule is this: that people treat each other with respect and if conflict arises, it is taken care of as soon as possible. people need to agree to the conflict resolution guidelines which I will write about later.

Core group will agree on a screening process which will help make sure that people who share values are part of community. It is essential that shared values is the common thread–living loved–because other wise conflict will be build into the community from the beginning.  There will be plenty of opportunity for people to work with diverse groups–like neighbors and guests of the community.

Each person will need to take care of their own finances. Expenses will be divided among members. Eventually as people steward their own plots, and build–costs will depend on how big plot is, location, etc.

Guidelines to help people to live more harmoniously will be developed (I will write about this soon) They will be suggestions, not rules–except for the respect people–even that isn’t really a rule.

Regular activities like shared meals, morning prayer, regular celebrations, play times, exercise times, dancing, celebrate recovery–will be established so that people can build trust and connections and relationships.

Weekly mandatory meetings will be held so that members can talk about decision, clear up conflicts, and share how things are going–work out a weekly schedule and goals etc.

Core group meets weekly to discuss how things are going and gives a report to whole group.

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