In the early 1950s, Ray Sabin left the Unitarian ministry to live with an intentional religious community in Paraguay. My father’s decision to move our family to the Bruderhof tested his faith, his marriage, and his definition of an authentic life.
Sharing my story
This website—and my upcoming book about Ray—traces his meandering path, from a well-paid Chicago utility worker, to a failed minister, to a skeptical enthusiast of Christian communal living. The search for his story is ongoing, as it must be for any of us picking our way backward on the path that leads to our present. I invite you to share in my process of discovery.
Sharing your story
Today's world is vastly different from the South American life I knew as a boy, but the desire for deeper meaning remains as strong as ever. Spiritual seekers abound.
I offer this site as a place for people to share their own stories about leading a conscious life, whether in communities like the Bruderhof or within mainstream society. Ray may have been unusual, but he was not alone in his quest. Whether you push against societal norms from the outside or the inside, I invite you to let your voice be heard. The world needs it.
If you have a story you'd like to share about your own search for a more authentic life, please send it here. All submissions are welcome.
More about Ed
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.