An Unlikely Pilgrim
The Joyful Community, by Benjamin Zablocki
Named "The best and most useful book on communes that's been written" when it appeared in 1971, The Joyful Community is a richly observed account of life on the Bruderhof. Author Zablocki and his wife made a four-month visit to the community. The resulting book is culled from a mix of personal journals, interviews, and Zablocki's sociological observations on the nature of the Bruderhof experience. Public Library | Amazon
Community in Paraguay: a visit to the Bruderhof, by Bob and Shirley Wagoner
This is a charming and winsome story of the six month visit of Bob and Shirley Wagoner to the three Bruderhofs in Paraguay, known collectively as Primavera ("springtime" in Spanish). The Wagoners lived in the Primavera Bruderhofs in 1953 while on leave from theological studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago. Struggling with the key question—What is the nature of the Church and how does it become fleshed out in concrete daily living?—the Wagoners decided to visit Primavera and immerse themselves in the daily life of the community. (Source: Foreword to the book) Public Library | Amazon | Find a downloadable PDF here
Torches Extinguished: memories of a communal Bruderhof childhood in Paraguay, Europe, and the USA, by Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe
A memoir of growing up on the Bruderhof. Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe, granddaughter of Bruderhof founder Eberhard Arnold, was raised on the Bruderhof before ultimately deciding to leave the community—and her family—for a life on her own.
Cast Out in the World: from the Bruderhof communities to a life on her own, by Miriam Arnold Holmes
A memoir by another granddaughter of Bruderhof founder Eberhard Arnold. Like Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe, Holmes grew up in the world of community, but as a young woman was ejected from the close-knit society.
History of Friesland, the Mennonite community in Paraguay (in German)
Thanks to Mark Trapnell for sending this my way. Ray mentions Friesland in passing several times in his journals. The large Mennonite community was situated to the east of Primavera, and its members did a great deal to aid the Bruderhof community, particularly in the difficult early years. When the Bruderhof left Paraguay for America, the land was sold to the Mennonites. The names of the Ibate and Isla Margarita villages are retained to this day.
Official website of the Unitarian-Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our congregations and faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice action and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more. (Source: www.uua.org)
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As a teenager, Ed Sabin moved with his family to the Bruderhof in Paraguay, a Christian society of liberal-minded thinkers intent on living a life of true community. Since then he has traversed Northern Africa on a Puch motorbike, lived on a Missouri commune, crewed a sailboat from California to Mexico, fought world hunger in D.C., and, most recently, lived five months in Malawi. Today, Ed, a retired sociologist, can be found closer to home pursuing his passions for boating and doing his small bit to fight social injustice. He lives with his wife, Robbie, in Pasadena, Maryland.