Koinonia Partners has a rich history in the movement for civil rights and racial reconciliation. Founded in 1942 by Clarence and Florence Jordan and Martin and Mabel England as an interracial “demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God . ” Koinonia was the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, Jubilee Partners, the Cotton Patch New Testament translations, and countless other creative kingdom ventures. Currently Koinonia is experiencing rebirth on a communal model, and continues its long-time work of growing peanuts and pecans, and welcoming hundreds of visitors each year.
Grain of Wheat community is a cluster of about 120 persons who have intentionally chosen to live in the Woolsey neighborhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba . This has allowed a variety of cooperative ventures and ministries to flourish among them including a couple of bakeries, a wellness center, supper circles and small sharing groups.
Church of the Servant King communities in Eugene and Portland Oregon share life in extended households of mutual support and fellowship. Many of the Eugene members have common work in the Wipf and Stock publishers who specialize in volumes that support a life of discipleship and Christian community.
The Open Door Community is a residential community in Atlanta, GA within the Catholic Worker tradition (sometimes called a Protestant Catholic Worker House). They seek to dismantle racism, sexism and heterosexism, abolish the death penalty, and proclaim the Beloved Community through loving relationships with some of the most neglected and outcast of God’s children: the homeless and sisters and brothers who are in prison.
New Monasticism : A community movement that has drawn new communities and community seekers together to discover what God is currently doing in the North American church. This movement was birthed out of a gathering called together by Rutba House of Durham, NC , in the summer of 2004. Currently, intentional communities across the country are hosting “Schools for Conversion” as a way to connect community seekers with God’s greater story for the Church. Reba Place Fellowship welcomed twenty-five visitors for its own School for Conversion in December of 2006. Following are a list of communities who sometimes identify with the New Monasticism movement and who gather at an annual “Family Reunion.”
Rutba House (Durham, NC)
The Simple Way (Philadelphia, PA)
Camden Community Houses (Camden, NJ)
Communality (Lexington, KY)
Common Ground Community (Shreveport, LA)
Psalters (nomadic musicians)
Northumbria Community (U.K.)