Christian Community Development
An association of churches and parachurch organizations committed to the
revitalization of depressed neighborhoods through a Christian understanding
of neighbor. Founded by John Perkins, who is known at Holly House as the
A Christian missionary agency supported by independent Christian churches
of the Restoration Movement that are associated with the North American Christian
Convention. (See below under "Restoration Movement.")
An ongoing conversation, online and live, with author and lecturer Gil Bailie
concerning the anthropological significance of the Incarnation; inspired
by the insights of René Girard; informed by Catholic Theology and
Western Literature. Two must-read books: Gil Bailie's Violence Unveiled
and René Girard's I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.
Emmanuel Christian Seminary
A Christian seminary that encourages tough-minded thinking and taking Jesus
seriously (where they know about Will Robinson!)
A world-wide organization that coordinates volunteers to build safe,
decent, affordable houses for families that would otherwise be living in
poverty; originally a ministry of Koinonia Farm, Americus, Georgia. (See
below under "Koinonia Partners.")
A neighborhood center for Christian community development in Pasadena,
California; established by John Perkins in 1982. Harambee is Swahili
for "Let's get together and push!" (See above under "Christian Community
A nation-wide association that organizes groups of Christians for mutual
support in Christian service among students on college and university campuses;
supported by the Evangelical Christian community.
Originally Koinonia Farm, established in 1942 by Clarence Jordan as an
inter-racial collective farm near Americus, Georgia. Clarence Jordan is best
known for his "cotton patch" translation of the New Testament.
An international organization that establishes and governs household communities
where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them share
life together. Founded by Jean Vanier, who is known at Holly House as the
Apostle Jean. A must-read book is Jean Vanier's Community and Growth.
The Little Brothers
Founded in France in 1933, a Roman Catholic congregation of religious brothers
inspired by the life and writings of Charles de Foucauld. The congregation
is organized into small communities that focus on the celebration of the
Eucharist, simple manual labor in the spirit of the Catholic Worker Priests,
and times of spiritual retreat into the desert. Carlo Carretto has written
about his experiences as a member of the congregation in Letters from
The Plough Publishing
Until 2005, a publishing house of the Bruderhof communities; presently a
distribution center for articles and e-books. The Bruderhof, an anabaptist
society, was founded in 1920 by Eberhard Arnold. A must read book is Eberhard
Arnold's Salt and Light.
A restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, concert venue, theatre, art gallery,
and gathering place for "innocent conversation," Christian worship, and community
action in Washington, DC; maintained by the Potter's House Church, a faith
community birthed by Church of the Saviour. Church of the Savior, "an ecumenical
church," was founded in 1947 by Gordon Cosby. Two must-read books by Elizabeth
O'Connor describe Gordon Cosby's vision of life together in Christian community:
Call to Commitment and Journey Inward, Journey Outward.
A reformation that began in America and the British Isles at the dawn of
the Nineteenth Century among churches whose members thought of
themselves, not as the only Christians, but as Christians only.
A bookstore that specializes in books on Christian discipleship and Christian
community where you can find books by Will Robinson. (To name two: Whither
Theology? and The Biblical Doctrine of the Church).
Wipf and Stock
A publishing house that is making available to the present generation of
readers major works on Christian discipleship and Christian community from
A disaster relief agency supported by the Evangelical Christian community.