Fellowship for Intentional Community
“This Web site serves the growing
communities movement. We provide important information and
access to crucial resources for seekers of community, existing
and forming communities, and other friends of community.”
Northwest Intentional Communities Association
To coordinate the exchange of
information and resources between NW intentional Communities
Facilitate communication and
networking between local, regional, and national intentional
Ascertain and promote
intentional communities aims and values that contribute most
to community sustainability.
Foster and assist the study of
and education on all major elements of intentional
Assist organizing and financing
efforts of and for intentional communities.
“In this era, our biggest challenges
are to preserve and sustain life on the planet and find a way
past the overwhelming spiritual and psychological emptiness of
modern life. Cultural Creatives are responding to these
challenges with solutions directed toward healing and
We have followed Paul H. Ray, Ph.D.
since he was first published in Yes! magazine many years
ago. We recommend a book he co-authors with Sherry Ruth
Anderson, Ph.D., The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million
People Are Changing the World.
We have found it
confirming of our work.
The Communitarian Network
To respond to
these challenges, we created a communitarian quarterly,
Community: Rights and Responsibilities.
“The Communitarian Network is a
coalition of individuals and organizations who have come
together to shore up the moral, social, and political
environment. We are a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, international
The founder of the Communitarian
movement, Amitai Etzioni, lays out the blueprint for how in the
1990s Americans can move forward--together. His book, The Spirit
of Community, calls for a re-awakening of our allegiance to the
shared values and institutions that sustain us--from our
marriages and families, our schools and neighborhoods, and
extending to our nation itself. In proposing a new balance
between our rights as individuals and our social
responsibilities, this controversial and groundbreaking book
articulate the emerging social attitudes of the 1990 and helps
you understand the communitarian premise.
Foundation for Global Community
“The Foundation for Global
Community, a nonprofit educational organization, is dedicated to
building a world that functions for the benefit of all life. For
over 50 years, the Foundation has been helping individuals find
meaning and value in their lives and advancing the concept of
global community through courses, workshops, projects,
publications, and special events.”
Communal Studies Association
“To encourage and facilitate the
preservation, restoration, and public interpretation of
America’s historic communal sites. Founded in 1975 as the
National Historic Communal Societies Association, the CSA has
expanded its focus in recent years to include the study of
contemporary and international communal societies.”
Dr. Hoff has presented at Association meetings and some of
our members have attended as well. Their journal, Communal
Societies: A Journal of the Communal Studies Association is
read here by many.
Institute for Noetic Sciences
“For 25 years, the Institute of
Noetic Sciences has been at the forefront of research and
education in consciousness and human potential. From the
beginning we have pursued this inquiry through rigorous science.
We honor open-minded approaches and
strive to bring discernment to our work. We are not a
spiritual sect, political-action group, or single cause
Several members of our community are
members and attend their offerings locally. This organization
offers workshops throughout the world.
A number of people from this
community seek to follow the way of Adidam and our community as
a whole has studied Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj's teachings for
The best way to learn more about the
Avatar's teachings is through His book, The Promised God Man
is Here can be purchased from His web site.
It is important for me to say,
Reverend Dr. John L. Hoff, that while I've had many teachers
the most important influence has been the person I knew first as
Da Free John and who is now known as Ruchira Avatar Adi Da
Samraj. His relational methodology for working with people
suggests that it is centrally helpful to learn how not to
constrict in the presence of another. He suggests we query
ourselves continuously, "avoiding relationship?" I began to
learn how afraid I was of intimacy even though I was leading a
process of developing an intimate community. As He published
book after book, I found they each helped me with other
difficult aspects of community life: people's fear of cults; the
human difficulty with sexuality; the problem of dealing with
levels of consciousness; the conflict that can occur between
good friends at different stages of the journey, and the like.
His writings have also impacted many members of this community,
helping them to appreciate my own process of Realization. A
wonderful experience of Him at Darshan when He visited the
Northwest last spring was a huge gift to me and to three other
members who were with Him as well. The power of His Blessing has
been experienced by many of us.
Positive Futures Network
Positive Futures Network is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people's active
engagement in creating a more just, sustainable, and
compassionate world. PFN is the publisher of YES!
A Journal of Positive Futures.
Alternative Press Award: YES!
magazine has been nominated for an Alternative Press Award in
the new category, New Paradigm/Emerging Culture.
Utne Reader issues the awards
to “the best of the alternative press” each year.
We are a member organization of
Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War. They are: "A Puget Sound area
coalition working to prevent escalation of war in Iraq and
"...each snowflake is gentle and
delicate, but together they can shut down a city..."
Together, we can shut down the war machine!"
This link takes you to a beautiful
video. Check it out.
Village without Walls
American Association for the Furtherance of Community, chartered
The Goodenough Community is a
creative project of the American Association for the Furtherance
of Community which has an intention to utilize the bright and
dedicated people of the Goodenough Community to both test and
demonstrate ideas and processes which are vital to community
living in this era. This association will be represented at its
web site aboutcommunity.org. At this site, still under
construction, they will soon be offering a basic introduction to
the history of living in
modern expressions of community
kinds of community
which kinds of people can most
benefit from community?
some things to think about when
considering joining a community
some interesting and important
things going on in communities this year
what its like to live in
community? (by members of various communities)
the basic wisdom that emerges
from long-term community living
the perennial wisdom as a by
product of community life
a practical bibliography for
studying the communitarian movement
brief excerpts from important
literature about community life (these will be distributed
among the areas above)
While this project is well
under way we are very open to assistance from other communities
or individual communitarians and we will use all the help we can
get. Your suggestions will be appreciated. Contact us at