Messianic Intentional Community:
Where, Why, How, When!

www.ic.org/directory/Messianic-Koinonia

TLDR!

Nowadays, too many are trying to build or join an Intentional Community, while still stuck in Westernized traditions. Also, too many christianized people are driven by fear and paranoia, and thus, seek others to create some prepper fortress to ride out Armageddon. So, if one is driven by fear, and owns firearms in the belief that one can extend ones earthly life, with such force, and are even trained in the art of death; well, we are just not on the same path (Matt 7:13-14, 19-23). Preferred are those who are able (and are not afraid) to Labor by the sweat of their brows (2Th 3:10; 1Th 4:9-12).
Therefore, if you are conspiratorial, political, defiant, bigoted, rebellious, anger-driven, obstinate, suffer from machismo, or are trapped in the cult of patriotism, then save your time; seek elsewhere (1Jo 4:18; Phl 1:21-24; 2Ti 3:1-5; 2Co 6:14-15, 16-18).
The many westernized christianized people, who have merely swapped the word Jesus for Yeshua, perhaps to distinguish themselves from those others whom they deem distasteful, are still likely, not individuals fully dedicated to living full-time under the Messianic Cross: But that is just what is happening here!
But know this; my Master, Messiah Yeshua, was considered a radical, when compared to the Enculturation molded masses He was surrounded by; and so are all His disciples, then & today. All Messianic disciples are extremists, but not to the extreme left or right, nor anywhere in-between; instead, all Messianic disciples (past; present; future) are extreme high-center, and apolitical (John 18:33-36).
Still here? Good! Are you tired of making the rich even richer? The economy was rigged by the wealth-class a millennia ago; nonetheless, economic inequality is not only a monetary economic thing, it is also a social thing; it is (to some degrees) a choice. And being dependent upon the greater economy, nowadays comes with too many risks associated with it.

Transportation Choices Impact Everything Else!

Please allow one example (there are many): I do not use or own a car, and therefore, I do not buy one penny worth of gasoline, oil, tires, car parts, maintenance or repairs, insurance, tickets, titles, taxes, nor any of the many expenses associated with owning-operating a personal car. I do not collaborate with any who profit from any of these products or services. And that's just the monetary association.
Instead, I walk-hike, e-scooter and pedal-bike, and infrequently use Public Transportation (PT) like Amtrak (preferred) and Interstate buses (rarely), and local PT when going distances beyond 20 miles. Living near an Amtrak or a Bus depot to take us to Amtrak, would be sweet; even without any of them, we can still walk and bike.
I have already sent a certified letter to all of these Transportation and Delivery entities, demanding that they switch over to 100% renewable and/or sustainable fuel sources or modes or methods. I explain my Love driven ecological stance, and how I gave up my last automobile in 2005 for environmental reasons, and that they too, should immediately abandon anything sold by the fossil fuel industry, and also, to adopt the RRR lifestyle.
Now, I understand that they are going to ignore it; I'm sure the letter got trashed the day it was read. After all, they are capitalistic, money-serving, money-dependents; economic parasites and predators. As such, they are going to do whatever it takes unto the devout service of their god Mammon, no matter what the short or long term consequences are: Horrifying, but I get it!
However, since (as an individual) I can only "be" the change I want to see in the world, and live my lifestyle accordingly; I do so, knowing that I cannot force another to do likewise. But anyone can state their case, so that if anyone questions my sincerity for lifestyle sustainability, they can look at the certified letter receipts, and how I live now; the light on the hill indeed! But that living testimony would surely look better within a Messianic Community forest ecovillage or transition town.
Whenever someone implies that because I do not own a car, that I still benefit from others who use these destructive and dangerous systems, I can then point to the certified letters as proof of my stance; that I am trying to get them to see and to change. And if virtually everyone else would send their own certified letters, to those fossil fuel consumers that they too, are forced to use, I am certain that such changes would be seriously considered.
What I cannot do alone, at least in this life, is to end Big Oil, and remove most of the roads, infrastructure, and the million square miles of life-blocking asphalt and concrete that the YHVH hating humans are rushing to resurface this YHVH planet with, just to roll about everywhere.

TheoLogical Ponderings!

Personally, I will obey the Design Paradigm (think Garden of Eden) and will not allow such an infrastructure to grow on any of the (still virgin Kingdoms of) YHVH planets that I will be assigned as a partner steward of (1Co 6:2-3), once beyond this blink-of-time life on Earth.
Unfortunately, Earth will not be one of them; it is a doomed planet (2Pe 3:10-13; Rev 21:1); eventually rendered a floating dead-of-life monument to the consequences of Lord-free freedom, the superpower of human volition, and the summary consequences of satanic sin.
While still living on Earth, one thought is to reside within an already established network of Amish travelers; a horse & buggy would be awesome; plus who don't like horses! But the needs of horses can be expensive, depending on what they're utilized for. And while the location on the Intentional Community website is a pin in in Iowa, the location of a Messianic Koinonia can be almost anywhere.
As for transportation options, there are many. Since about 2017 or so, e-scooters have come a long way for local transport (I can still ride my peddle bike). But being where traffic is more accustomed to slower travelers, may have better safety advantages for us Messianic disciples.
The wide variety of e-scooters, such as those built for off-road or unpaved pathways such as trails, are as impressive as those built for more urban settings, even the street legal (motorcycle) kind. And like Messiah Yeshua would do, I too oppose the catastrophic Car Cult.
It may seem unlikely, not to participate in making the rich even richer, but think about the Amish; they don't order anything from Amazon.com (but I do, for now at least). They live simple lifestyles, and make almost everything they do not buy at Walmart! Most everything one needs can be made with wood, the great renewable (the planets fat layer as I call it) thus limiting things bought online and shipped from the mega-rich suppliers and makers of all things sold!
Living in a rural or small town setting, would limit the trips to the big-box retailers too. The Amish may like Walmart, but then, I am not Amish, though I do like many of their lifestyle choices. Walmart is OK too, I guess. Oh, and consider joining the million gardens movement soon.
The Amish learned a powerful lesson, long ago now; that land ownership itself brings with it, a whole new set of problems when it comes to humans living together in proximity on this planet. This is why the American Amish have (long ago now) dispensed with the communal models of income sharing and/or a community of goods, once popularized in the 1st century Acts (ch. 1-5) archetype, though other Anabaptist rooted protestants like the Hutterites are still doing so.
When the (Native) Americans made first contact with the White colonizers, they were puzzled by the very notion of land ownership; that any one human could possess what was/is (for them) eternal and vast beyond measure. Earth will always be here, but our life is but a vapor; a millisecond inside a millennia! How could anyone think they could "own" land? It is like believing you can "own" the air we all breath! From the dust of Earth we came and so shall we return to it; it is therefore impossible to be its owner.
But the dominionist conquerors had left a continent that was already being squeezed by too many people occupying it at the same time, and that always creates problems, since the bulk of our species are little more than advanced primates, and all primates are territorial, and thus violent when others who are not of their breed or brood, will crossover their territorial urine lines.
Fast-forwarding to modern times here in UnMessianic States Annexed, the same pathology exists, but has had to evolve (or devolve?) into what we are now witnesses to; the seemingly civilized market-share feature of that base territorialism; the Real Estate Industry. And that is all anathema unto the only Owner of Earth. Parasitic (or usury) economics now covers the globe and has fully infected everything and everyone. But in the meantime, we Messianic disciples must endure it (Matt 10:16).

Messianic Koinonia Versus Intentional Community!

All of this is no different than anything, which falls under the banner of land use, including the Intentional Community (IC) model. This impacts the vast majority of Intentional Communities (or IC's) among the westernized, since I have not yet been to, or communicated with, any IC's outside of the English speaking world. But the bent-logic of dominionship and its landlordism, verily has no planetary boundaries.
Therefore, most IC's in the USA will be little more than real estate transactions. The notions proposed of one big happy family sharing equitably in the bounties of Earth, are at best, delusional. It is the individual (or the business entity) that holds the deed to the property in question, that holds all the power therein, and reaps all the rewards that are developed on that deed-lorded land.
That explains why so many of them like to offer a free stay, in exchange for labor of some kind, because paying an employee a living wage would cost them a lot, but crashing on their proverbial couch, via basically camping on their land, costs them nothing extra than what it already costs. I have no interest in using land to exploit anyone in that way. I am a carpenter by trade (a Tekton) and so I labored hard all my life; I just cannot exploit people.
Unlike it was in the seventies thru the nineties, the IC's are no longer even blurring the terminology, once used to trick people to participate, for free, in the development of such lorded land. One example (among dozens I could share), is this Intentional Community and their unabashed ad for rentals; then compare that to another Real Estate Company ad for one of their rentals. Stunning price differences indeed! Much cheaper just to live in the latter.
Therefore, there is not one IC, which at the very least, can be found on the Wild Wild Web, wherein someone can be free to be! There is no such thing as true freedom; just ask any Native American how it all works. True freedom is the absence of a monetary system; at least, in the way that those systems were initiated in feudal Europe. Those educated therein, know how such corruption shaped Western culture and all that followed it, including christendom.
Like my Master, Messiah Yeshua, I am a pacifist, and will endure suffering, even on a cross if necessary (which is unlikely but I am ready, nonetheless), to show how much Love that Messiah Yeshua has for all of us. Our Kingdom is not even of this world (John 8:23; 18:36-37), and so, all we can do is Love everyone and everything always, and live Messianic lifestyles, and let The Lord do the Judging, and the attracting.
Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for their friends. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth, I call you not servants, for the servant knows not what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may provide you.
These things I command you, that you Love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own, but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you: The servant is not greater than his lord! If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him that sent Me!
(John 15:13-21) {cf. Gal 2:20}
Notwithstanding, it is worth it to post this, so to keep the proverbial doors, always open to a Messianic Intentional Community, here in the USA. There may indeed be the few, the humbled, the redeemed, here on this continent, but if that is you, I want to meet you. But it is equally important to point out these inherent problems, up front, and why such an entity may never be possible in the money-dominated USA.
If you are already money wealthy, I'd suggest moving to a South Pacific or Atlantic island; Hawaii, The Bahamas, or even emigrate to New Zealand (that's what I'd do if I had the means). Indeed, anywhere that is 25 degrees South or North of the Equator, and is relatively safe, and spoken English is widespread.
For us staying mainland, it has even been suggested to go in among Tribal Indigenous Americans, to see if anything like this is possible among them. It may end up being the only way; nevertheless, I am still hopeful for a simple Messianic Monastery, as freed from money dependency as we can make it; as self-reliant from the greater economy as can be achieved.
About.Me? I am a devout student (and coeditor) of the Messiah Scriptures (since the eighties) with special focus on the red letters of my Master, Messiah Yeshua. In this world, I am: simple-living; disenculturated; apolitical; egalitarian; pescetarian; voluntarist; Monotheist; unritualistic; woodsman; undergrad; sociologist; published author; webmaster.

Ideas Worth Pondering!

One Time Big Buy: Hilly land is not worth much to crop farmers, nor real estate developers, but for those into forest farming, it is a worthy option. These are the reasons why it is better to be a forest farmer than a flat-land sodbuster. As a pescetarian, I also avoid eating anything made from hybridized wheat, and eat an otherwise low card diet in general. Thus, a healthy fishing spot nearby is a prerequisite.
Forests can grow tree nuts, shade grown coffee beans, and a host of herbs and vegetables, just to name a few. And I love to design and build greenhouses. Forests are also a great place to raise egg-laying chickens & turkeys. Being a sodbuster is backbreaking hard work, and requires lots of tilled land, lots of chemicals, and equipment. I recommend mostly stand-up harvesting; that of trees and bushes and vines, as well as the technique of vertical farming.
Nevertheless, buying land is a daunting task. But this particular Intentional Community will be a forest community, and thus, it targets those who like and prefer the forest. This vision is a forest like those in the (US geographical) Ozark Plateau, the Ouachita Mountains, and the southern sector of the Appalachians, though most forest lovers enjoy all forest biomes, myself included.
The Great Northwest is awesome; from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and North to the North Cascades National Park, that entire region is beautiful. But in the foreseeable future, that region of the continent is going to be plagued with droughts, and then the wildfires, and then the mudslides that follow. Air quality is thus a major factor.
Plus, it is also very expensive land, and, much of its higher elevations can have brutally cold winters. Now, if money were no object then location selection would not be so hard to make. Nevertheless, for daily living, I think it should be a consideration to live South of (roughly) the 37th parallel, and where it is deeply forested, so that winters are mild and growing seasons are longer, requiring less resources to survive; namely, to warm ourselves, but also, to produce more; to be able to stay active longer, both sides of winter.
One idea proposed was to appeal to Federal or State agency's about the possibility of leasing Federal or State land, at an affordable monthly price, rather than trying to buy land. The point made would be that we would not develop it, but would instead, live by the Leave No Trace camping model of land use. Land that is not ripe for development anyway, or is intentionally restricted from development, would be a possibility. But I'm open to ideas!
For example, I know how to build self-contained and self-powered tiny homes on high stilts that respect the land underneath it and around it; to compost everything; to beneficially expand the natural world around us, by living via mutualism and commensalism; in a specific way, to be symbiotic with nature. Digging and trenching, cutting down and mowing, and paving over the surface, are completely unnecessary, and indeed only destructive.
Sweet Growth Zones!
When accounting for the importance of greatly limiting the need for the US$, one must first look at what requires the most, versus the least of them. The less dependent that anyone is on money, will mean more independence and interdependence: Buy and Sell Local, indeed! Or fair trade is even better; time and things!
Land will cost the most, initially, and so, a location where the per-acre cost is as low as possible, is ideal, while still being in a sweet zone. For example, buying 300 acres of desert land, cheaply, will not provide much for this kind of endeavor, whereas, 50 acres of hilly rocky forested land will yield far more.
Monthly Buying: Look at what costs the most at any local grocer, and then at the Farmers Market (if there is one close), and then with online purchases. Whatever costs the most, that is what an IC would make on-site, and sell the excesses thereof. For example, beans, grains (like oats) and brown rice are, per pound, fairy cheap; growing and harvesting them on a small scale is not. Therefore, it is better to just buy them with money.
This same logic gets applied to all, as it is possible. For example, one cannot grow pineapples on any large scale, in, say, the lower US Midwest, but avocados can be grown there, which are super healthy, and a bit expensive, store bought. I eat them, and cruciferous vegetables aplenty, and roots like carrots and sweet potatoes.
Monthly Selling: Now, look what costs a lot, especially online, and, does not weigh too much. I personally enjoy designing and building plant greenhouses and nurseries, with focus on stand-up greenhouse gardening, especially for perennial herbs, and sit-down (or even wheelchair accessible) raised-bed for growing root vegetables and cruciferous vegetables outdoors.
A great US$ earning home-business, would be to grow and make and sell, small but high priced things online, such as ginseng and others. For example, a pill machine is fairly cheap and easy to operate, and shipping small bottles is as easy as handing it off to a US Postal Worker who delivers mail.
Power and Water: The sun shines all day; wind moves most all the time; river water flows in perpetuity; sunshine and movement can be harnessed for power. Acquiring land where a large river flows is often expensive, but rain falls freely everywhere! In other words, an IC would want to be where there is plenty of annual rain fall; water is life!
Thus, it is ideal to collect and harvest rain, via metal roof runoff, with some to be filtered for drinking, cooking and bathing, and the rest stored for growing. Here are the 10 states with the most rain and snow in the US based on state-wide average precipitation.
If there is enough rainfall, that will be sufficient: If not, then there needs to be another source; ideally, a river or a large lake, which might have its own problems with pollution. Otherwise, potable water must be trucked in, if a Well is not monetarily or geologically feasible; not a good option.
But if the land has a large enough stream flowing through it, with a good volume of water annually, then it is time to build a small hydro-power dam, and thus a small lake for fishing and swimming, as a side perk! That is also a possibility with hilly land where their valleys offer a decent amount of water flow. Here's 1 example at YouTube; there are much better ideas but this is a quick sample to see how easy it is. Salvage yard alternators are just one way to reuse.
Perennially Renewable: Trees have been growing on Earth for countless millennia, and by the literal quintillions, and will continue to do so, forward in time, long after the last human has turned to dust, and will do so until the sun grows cold! See intriguing YouTube videos about Chernobyl reclaimed by nature.
Trees are, by far, the most sustainable, and the most abundant renewable element, on Earth. Obviously, rocks or stone (Earth's upper crust) would outweigh and out volume trees at any given point in time, but then, they do not change or grow or die; they are just there always (and this, without delving into the consequences of subduction).
And it is the same with water; the hydrological cycle of Earth does not add nor subtract any appreciable amount of H2O, liquid, frozen or gaseous. It is reusable and therefore would not be classified as a renewable, per say, outside of aquifer depletion, which if left alone would recover naturally.
However, trees grow like literal weeds in all forest biomes present at any given point in time. Forests grow slowly when measured in human-time but in geological time they are fast growing.
Therefore, one cannot have an intelligent conversation about a renewable, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle, without making trees and wood products a major component in such assessments. The goal would be to use wood everywhere, as much as that is possible, replacing plastics and metals where feasible. Perhaps that is why YHVH-in-skin decided to be a carpenter! 😇
More to come! By all means, share your ideas, even if you are not interested in this Messianic Koinonia. In the Love of Messiah Yeshua via Ruach HaKodesh. In the eternal servitude of Adonai our Elohim: YHVH!

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you. And unto him that smites you on the one cheek, offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloak, forbid not to take your coat also. Give to every man that asks of you, and of him that takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. And as you would that men should do to you, you do also to them likewise. For if you love them that love you, what thanks have you? For sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them that do good to you, what thanks have you? For sinners also do even the same. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks have you? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But you: Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest, for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. You be merciful therefore, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal, it shall be measured to you again!
(Luke 6:26-38)

Location Ideas:
10 US States Lowest Cost Of Living ~ American Lung Association's Cleanest Cities ~ ALA's Compare Your Air ~ IQ Air ~ Best Places To Live In U.S. ~ Arbor Day Hardiness Zone Map ~ What Is In Your Water? ~ Community Crime Map
Considerations:
What Can We Learn From Amish ~ Messianic Jewish Communities by Design: Open Doors & Reserved Seating ~ Aspiring to the Working Class ~ After 100 Years the Kibbutz Movement Completely Changed ~ Breaking Faith (News) ~ Examining White Supremacy Culture in Intentional Community ~ How Farming in Forests Could Sustain the Planet (BBC) ~ Thinner Than a Pencil, These Solar Panels are Set to Revolutionize Solar Power ~ This Wind Turbine Panel Lets You Harness Enough Energy to Power Your Home
And Once There:
30 Vegetables That Grow in Shade ~ How to Plant a Winter Food Forest ~ Food Forest Nursery (AR) ~ Permaculture Diaries: Why Raising Chickens in the Forest is Best ~ Food Forest Chickens As Coworkers (Utube) ~ Forest Farming (wiki) ~ Polyculture (wiki) ~ No-Till Farming (wiki) ~ Reforestation (wiki) ~ Permaculture (wiki)
Things Understood:
Waste Hierarchy (wiki) ~ Human Impact on the Environment (wiki) ~ Sustainable Forest Management (wiki) ~ New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States ~ The Climate Disaster Is Already Here! ~ America's Food Safety System Failed to Stop a Salmonella Epidemic: It's Still Making People Sick ~ Global Climate Change Impact on Crops Expected Within 10 Years (NASA)

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