Living in Community

honeybees and honey comb

A special calling – living in community, for instance – must never be confused with the church of Christ itself. Life in community means discipline in community, education in community, and continual training for the discipleship of Christ. Yet the mystery of the church is something different from this – something greater. It is God’s life, and coming from him it penetrates community. This penetration of the divine into the human occurs whenever the tension of desperate yearning produces an openness and readiness in which God alone may act and speak. At such moments a community can be commissioned by the invisible church and given certainty for a specific mission: to speak and act – albeit without mistaking itself for the church – in the name of the church.

— Eberhard Arnold

Books: Living in Community

Early Christians English

The Early Christians

Eberhard Arnold

What did Christianity look like before it became an institution? Find out for yourself with this collection of firsthand accounts of the early church. Includes excerpts from Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Justin, Irenaeus, and others — and equally revealing material from their critics, detractors and persecutors. Free ebook in three formats and four languages. العربية français Deutsch

Salt and Light English

Salt and Light

Eberhard Arnold

Now back in print! Seventeen challenging talks and essays on the Sermon on the Mount, by a writer who believes their demands are viable and inescapable - and must be lived out today. Deutsch 한국어

Why We Live In Community English

Why We Live in Community

Eberhard Arnold and Thomas Merton

In this time-honored manifesto, Arnold adds his voice to the vital discussion of what real intentional community is all about: love, joy, unity, and the great “adventure of faith” shared with others along the way. العربية français 한국어 español

Articles: Living in Community

Detail from Giovanni Giacometti’s painting, Under the elder tree, depicting a woman surrounded by children.

Spiritual Motherhood

Alice von Hildebrand

“If you don’t have children, for goodness sake don’t believe that you have to give up motherhood. Motherhood is not only biological maternity. It is spiritual maternity. . . .”

Paul Green and AJ Sanford of Hope for the Inner City.

Evenings and Mornings

Joshua Livingston

What is life without work? If work is truly tied to prayer and done for Christ – as the New Testament teaches us – what does the inability to work lead to, spiritually? The perspective of a community developer in inner-city Chattanooga.

Claudio Oliver of the Casa da Videira.

Becoming a Rooted Church

Claudio Oliver

"We did not have to advertise Jesus or our way of life with words; we had only to base our daily decisions on him," writes Claudio Oliver in this account of how, step by step, a church became a community.

Jean Vanier in March 2015 when he won the Templeton Prize.

More Important Than Winning

Jean Vanier

Vanier, who has won the 2015 Templeton Prize, says people with intellectual disabilities have taught him about what it means to be human and about how our societies can become more peaceful and unified.