Most intentional communities are disbanded before the second anniversary.1 Koinonia Farms is an intentional community in Americus, Georgia founded in 1942 by Clarence Jordan. Koinonia is the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity as well as other a social justice programs. Koinonia was influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Although this community has gone through many ups and downs through the years; it is still surviving with approximately 25 members.
With books, interviews, and experiences, I would like to understand what makes this community work; why unlike most communities, this one has survived the test of time. I would like to explore why some groups of people develop close bonds and other people never meet their neighbors. What makes for a close community?
To accomplish these goals, I will live at Koinonia Farms in Americus Georgia during the spring semester on the 07-08 academic year. During that time I will participate in the community life; this includes daily worship, working with Heart to Heart home repair ministry, community lunches, as well as innumerable spontaneous gatherings. As I am learning about community, I will write a paper describing what I am learning as well as conclusions that I may come too.