Exploring religious and spiritual intentional communities active in the world today, Spiritual and Visionary Communities provides a balanced introduction to a diverse range of communities worldwide. Breaking new ground with its focus on communities which have had little previous academic or public attention, the authors explore a part of contemporary society which is rarely understood. Communities studied include: Israeli kibbutzim, Mandarom, the Twelve Tribes, 'The Farm' and the Camphill movement. Written from a range of perspectives, this collection includes contributions from members of the groups themselves, former members, and academic observers, and as such will offer a unique and invaluable discussion of religious and spiritual communities in the U.S., Europe, and beyond.
Timothy Miller has thirty years' experience in the study of new religious movements, with a special focus on communal groups.
Contents: Introduction: persistence over millennia: the perennial presence of intentional communities, Timothy Miller; Damanhur: sustaining changes in an intentional community, Etta M. Madden; Mandarom and the limitations on liberte in the laicite, Susan J. Palmer; Henpecked to heaven? My life in a Brahma Kumaris retreat center, Neville Hodgkinson; Realising the guru's intention: hungry humans and awkward animals in a new Kadampa tradition community, Carol McQuire; Tamera, a model for the future, Leila Dregger; Spirituality in the Camphill villages, Jan Martin Bang; The farm, Albert Bates; A tradition of innovation and the innovation of tradition: the cultural developments of the 12 Tribes community, Torang Asadi; The Family International: the evolution of a communal society, Clare Borowik; How many arks does it take?, Chris Coates; Religious communes in America: an overview, Timothy Miller; The intersection of White-Racist communes and the American legal system, H.C. Lazebnik; Communes and kibbutzim: towards a comparison, Henry Near; Select bibliography; Index.