47: NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY # 7 Sharing

“(UK Anabaptist)  congregations are seedbeds of sharing – not just of meals but everyday tools, excess furniture and vehicles. Whilst visiting one congregation, I was naturally asked to walk a lawnmower to my tea-time hosts “just two blocks away” as it was their evening to use it.
Congregations often form work-parties to help decorate older members’ homes and help prepare or refurbish property for new owners. The money so liberated can help individual congregations support their own students, between college courses, to undertake voluntary work elsewhere in the world. Families will often buy larger, older, relatively less expensive properties and take in single members of the congregation, sometimes adapting homes for multi-occupation.
In the late 1970s/1980s Hull, a group of postgraduate Christians chose to live closely together in four households in neighbouring streets, for their final years of study. This group ate together in their households daily, met twice weekly for worship and a meal, shared two washing machines, one minibus, lots of bikes and two small cars and each undertook some local voluntary work. All this helped build both theirs and the surrounding community as well as witness to their faith.
In Northampton, a group of Christians have bought adjoining terraced houses, sharing gardens and white goods, calling themselves “The Neighbours”; several of them also work in the local “Daily bread” cooperative bakery.” (i)

“There are communities in California that call themselves Cul-de-sac Communities where they share washers and driers, lawn equipment and cars and do community gardening together in the suburbs.” (ii)

(In the Walnut hills Community in Cincinnati) “there are now 6 families living almost next door to each other. they have a couple of cars that they share between them. They share lawnmowers, tools and other things. they also foster children.” (ii)

Source:
(i) Andrew Francis “Anabaptism. Radical Christianity” Antioch papers (2010) p.43
(ii) Claiborne, Shane & Campolo, Tony “Red Letter Christianity” (2012)

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