Posts Tagged ‘ green hill ’

12 Walks to Zion

April 6, 2010 | 32 comments
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12 Walks to Zion

I'm not ready to leave my "building Zion" discussion just yet. Where does the New Jerusalem come from? If you asked my peers, parents, seminary teachers, and Sunday school instructors, you might receive visions like these: Read more »

Friendship is Unnatural

February 15, 2010 | 18 comments
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Friendship is Unnatural

I love the interactive nature of blogging. I had planned to close this series with a post neatly tying everything together, but all of your contributions have challenged my premises and preconceptions to the point that I can't do it. I started this series with some really good ideas, as well as some very naive ones. In a year or so, as I've been able to sort between the two, perhaps I'll come back with a follow-up series. In the meantime, let me close this series by touching on friendship. Read more »

Community Considerations – or – Nine Reasons “40 Acres and My Friends” Is a Bad Idea

February 10, 2010 | 11 comments
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Community Considerations – or – Nine Reasons “40 Acres and My Friends” Is a Bad Idea

This isn't to discourage anyone from trying the "forty acres and my friends" approach. However, the beautiful vision of "let's get all my friends together, buy some land, and live happily together forever" has a tendency to gloss over some of the very real issues that communities have to deal with. Here are a few: Read more »

Building Your Own Green Hill

February 5, 2010 | 12 comments
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Building Your Own Green Hill

If you're feeling moved upon to bring together a community of your own, here are some approaches you might consider. I've divided them into two sections: organic and venture. Organic approaches to community building grow fairly naturally out of everyday living. They may sound mundane -- you're probably already doing some of them -- but that doesn't mean the resulting relationships are any less rewarding. In contrast, venture approaches to community building take significant planning, time, and money. Read more »

Program

January 28, 2010 | 15 comments
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Program

Programs and lifestyle are the main repositories of culture in a community. Programs are optional. Lifestyles are not. The person who declines to participate in a program still gets to sit in the audience at the awards ceremony. The person who declines to participate in a lifestyle is excluded from the flow of community life. Read more »

Space (How It Looks)

January 26, 2010 | 34 comments
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Space (How It Looks)

Could we make zion building into a hobby? Like scrapbooking, except that it requires a little more money. And instead of gathering memories in a binder, you would gather loved ones in a community. Anyway, here are some visual examples of intentional communities that exist here in the United States and Canada. Read more »

Lifestyle

January 22, 2010 | 8 comments
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Lifestyle

Lifestyle is about the flow of daily living. It is not about the grand mission and purpose of the community (that's the program), but rather, it is the community's values, norms, and expectations. A good demonstration of lifestyle (as opposed to program) can be seen in the cohousing movement. Read more »

About-ness and Communities That Last

January 21, 2010 | 10 comments
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About-ness and Communities That Last

My initial interest in building a green hill was just to live near my friends and family -- something as simple as purchasing land, building houses, and inviting my loved ones to come on over. But, while that would be wonderful, I realized that my dream was about more than just building a "friends of Dane club". I don't want to be the linchpin that holds everyone together. Read more »

The Dream of the Green Hill

January 20, 2010 | 19 comments
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The Dream of the Green Hill

Green Hill Communities | Next About fifteen years ago, I had a dream. In my dream I saw a green hill with several people silhouetted against a cloudy sky. These figures were engaged together in various activities, some speaking, some playing or dancing, and some resting. The clouds in the sky moved quickly by, like in a fast-motion movie, which I understood to signify the passage of time. Then I woke up. Although the dream was brief, its images — the people, the hill, and the sky — have stayed with me. The attitude shared by the figures on... Read more »

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