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The Heart of Money: What About Intentional Communities?

Paul Sutherland
Question: Have you ever experienced an intentional community that works? Paul Sutherland: I lived in what would be considered an intentional community from age 18 to 25. About 85 people lived together on 365 acres of rural farmland with the mission of living a sustainable spiritual life that revolved around educating children, mostly children of the community members. We were young, and many people came and went over those years. During my seven years there, many members got married, had their first children, and shared the emotional storms typical of 20- to 30-year-olds: leaving parents, graduating, and failing in relationships. We felt raw from the shit going on in the world—Vietnam, inflation, unemployment, racism, environmental apathy—and we realized that drugs, sex, alcohol, and such did little to fill the pain and emptiness inside. So we learned to meditate, to pray, and to sing. The community lost steam and the acres were sold after the married founder was caught in an affair with a younger community member, who was also married with young children. My roommate and I were amo …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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