Formed: 1978 Established: 1980
This page last updated:3/9/2013
Sydney, New South Wales,
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We have been operating as a community for more than 25 years. Our community grew out of an experiment with literal obedience to the teachings of Jesus. Although we don't fit into any neat category, we have often been referred to as Christian anarchists. We keenly support much that Leo Tolstoy wrote about the "kingdom of heaven'. Because we believe that attitudes toward money are fundamental in all human relationship, "living in community" for us means "common ownership." There is a strong Quaker connection.
No member of our community works for money, and we generally live a very frugal lifestyle. Many of our members are fregans, living largely off things that the rest of society throws away.
Former/Other Names: Christians, Rappville Christians, Medowie Christian Volunteers, Voices in the Wilderness, The Australians
This page last updated:3/9/2013
No Answer Regarding Visitors
(Visitors are generally expected to participate in group activities. Volunteers can stay on indefinitely, as long as they contribute to the work of the community and conform with some of the disciplines of the community.)
Visitor Process: Visitors should email us. They should also visit our website (and/or request printed information about our beliefs), and then give us some indication that they understand something about what we believe and teach. Nothing quite takes the place of a personal encounter, but it could be a waste of everyone's time if we do not have a fair bit in common before you arrive.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
(Non-members usually stay for around a week, sometimes longer, although length of stay can depend on available space.)
(theoretically it is by vote, but in practice more important decisions are arrived at by consensus)
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
(All income is shared in common and all basic needs are met from the communal purse. Visitors are asked not to use private funds while staying with us, so that they can experience more deeply what it means to be partakers of the common purse.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(However we expect people wishing to become full-time members to be actively seeking ways of erasing their debts before we consider full membership. This standard does not apply to those who are only staying for a short-term visit.)
(We believe in 'plurking', which does not distinguish between play and work. By concensus we may agree to have certain periods of 'free time', but often even games are part of the daily schedule. We tend to work fairly hard, but do take into consideration how much each person is capable of.)
(New members forsake all that they own when they join, and they do not get it back if they decide to leave later. Visitors pay nothing to stay with us, and if they want to contribute something towards their stay, we encourage them to do it at the END of their visit, so that neither party will feel obligated.)
(We regularly share all that we have with each other. We all have equal say over how money is spent, however, so that no one goes without, and no one has unchecked access to the common funds.)
Land and Buildings
(We are a Christian outreach community, and, as such, we feel that we need to be where the masses are.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
(Lunches are often eaten on the road, depending on what is happening during the day.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We try to accommodate genuine issues of conscience or health needs. However, in general, we encourage people to be flexible, especially with regard to the needs of visitors.)
(We have a few vegetarians and tend to eat less meat than most members of the public.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(It centers around the teachings of Jesus, but varies from individual to individual, especially in the light of our understanding of sincerity.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(The primary emphasis is sincerity, based on Jesus' attitude toward such people as the Good Samaritan. We have a background of fundamentalism and protestantism which gives an interesting accent to our Christian anarchist stance at the moment.)
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