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

By 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

By 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

By 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

Topaz Grapes by William Merritt Chase, from WikiArt (public domain)

Setting the Table at Koinonia Farm

By Bren Dubay

Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian community in southwest Georgia, began seventy-two years ago on an eroded and almost treeless piece of land. Local KKK members tried to scare them into leaving. They stayed.

shepherd and sheep in pasture

The Economy of the Early Church

By Eberhard Arnold

The new future puts an end to all powers, legal systems, and property laws now in force. The coming kingdom reveals itself even now wherever God’s all-powerful love unites people in a life of surrendered brotherhood.

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Eric Gill and the Story of Plough

By Matina Horning

Gill, a sculptor and stonecutter as well as a designer, dreamed of escaping the “damned ugliness of all that capitalist industrialism produced….”


Becoming a People

By C. Christopher Smith

What will happen to our churches if we get serious about the Sermon on the Mount – not just as a discussion starter, but as a roadmap for our life together?