Forming Formed: 2007 Established: 2007
This page last updated:11/21/2012
Full Circle Family
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The Full Circle Family Community is the live-in congregation of the Full Circle Family Church – a legally recognized organization (but not your typical, institutional form of Church). We are a community of demonstration and service. All members share housing, vehicles and all “things” in common. We believe, and have demonstrated, that by living lives of generosity and service we open ourselves to the blessings of sufficient food, shelter, clothing and a true sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
There is no buying or selling amongst us. Each gives “according to ability” and receives “according to need”. The daily actions of growing, storing and preparing food, and all the other simple practices of living are how we demonstrate the highest spiritual teachings of love through serving those in need. We believe in living lightly on the Earth, in harmony with all of creation. Our way of life demonstrates how sharing creates abundance, satisfaction and health.
Our demonstrations extend into the larger world through such service projects as the “Sharing Gardens of Monroe, Oregon.” (see link in side-bar) The "Sharing Gardens" are a unique style of community-garden. Instead of multiple, separate plots, rented by families or individuals, the Gardens are one large plot shared by all. All materials and labor are donated. The food that is grown is shared amongst those who have contributed in some way (and have need). The surplus is given to local charities. No one is ever charged money for the food that is grown. This style of gardening creates a more resilient community by establishing neighborly relationships; increased local food self-reliance, and many educational opportunities.
Currently we are a community of two. We are in the midst of moving to a larger house (Dec. 2012) so we can share it with other like-minded members and begin a school of rural-arts; a place that models for others a way of life that can lead us out of the crises being faced world-wide and into a world of radical sharing.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Peak Moment interview with founders Chris and Llyn discussing the Sharing Gardens - our community's first demonstration project.
Former/Other Names: Heliotrope
This page last updated:11/21/2012
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Visitor Process: Please read our websites thoroughly to see that we are a good fit and then email us to set up a good time for a visit.
FEC: Federation of Egalitarian Communities
:: Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).
Comment: Our faith-path is based on sharing "all things common", community-members are not charged rent.
Members(adults and children):
(We practice a modified concensus: We seek guidance from a spiritual source for our decisions -in the manner of Quaker practices.)
Leadership Core Group:
(Those of us who are getting the community started are making all decisions at this point. Eventually this responsibility will be shared amongst all full members.)
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
(Also known as 'common-purse.' We share all-things-common.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Considered on a case-by-case basis.)
(As much as it takes! :-) We live and work at a pace that includes time for naps, creative expression, meditaion and socializing.)
("Provisional" members may keep personal assets separate from the community as long as they don't access them to create a higher standard of living than other members. "Full" members donate all their assets to the community/common purse (themselves !). If they choose to leave the community later and need resouces to start their new life, this is considered on a case by case basis.)
(During the formative stages, any income generated outside of the community will be donated to the common purse. Once we are formed, our income will be generated from within the group through communal ventures. No on-going dues required.)
Land and Buildings
(We have a farmhouse, i/4 mile from Monroe, Oregon 97456)
1 acres (0.4 hectares)
(We live on a little less than 1 acre, surrounded mostly by farmland. A creek and woods abut one edge of the property.)
Land Owned By:
(God owns the land . We live on it rent-free.)
Number of Residences:
(Main house: 5 bedrooms, Barn: 2 bedrooms.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Chris, one of the founders, has over 40 years experience at organic farming. We focalize a food-sharing garden on loaned-land near our home. See: www.thesharinggardens.blogspot.com/)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
(We share all meals. If members have needs that take them away during meal times, this can be accomodated.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
There are some dietary restrictions
(We are ovo-lacto vegetarians and open to others who eat as we do.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(This is a spiritual community open to selfless-service faith-paths. We believe 'service' is the ultimate spiritual expression and endeavor to 'walk our talk'.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(Our spiritual beliefs are described in detail on our Blogspot.)
(This will be up to parental choice though the community will have to approve it if parents wish to send children to a private school. Open to creating a home-school.)
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