Exploring religious and spiritual intentional communities active in the world today, Spiritual and Visionary Communities provides a balanced introduction to a diverse range of communities worldwide. Breaking new ground with its focus on communities which have had little previous academic or public attention, the authors explore a part of contemporary society which is rarely understood. Communities studied include: Israeli kibbutzim, Mandarom, the Twelve Tribes, ’The Farm’ and the Camphill movement. Written from a range of perspectives, this collection includes contributions from members of the groups themselves, former members, and academic observers, and as such will offer a unique and invaluable discussion of religious and spiritual communities in the U.S., Europe, and beyond.
Timothy Miller has thirty years' experience in the study of new religious movements, with a special focus on communal groups.
’Based uniquely on the experience and knowledge of notable communal residents and scholars, this anthology offers rich insights into the visions and workings of modern spiritual communities worldwide. Timothy Miller's analytic introduction successfully ties together the threads of communal history and utopian communal usage. Nowhere else is such a penetrating wide-angle-view of contemporary spiritual intentional communities available.’ Donald E. Pitzer, University of Southern Indiana, USA ’Once again Timothy Miller has brought together an impressive set of papers that highlight contemporary communities in Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World. International in scope, this collection of communities presented within the context of their common mission to forge a better life, together present a refreshing assessment of the world of community and spirituality that thrives in the midst of so much global chaos.’ Susan Love Brown, Florida Atlantic University, USA 'I had a fascinating time armchair traveling recently while I was reading the collection of essays in Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World. Each chapter, written by a member of the community I visited in the pages of this book, not only provided information about the community, but gave me a feel of what it was like to live there. Writers were lively, articulate, and honest.' Communities '...general audiences and under- graduates can benefit from accessible case studies that bring light to the multitude of spiritual communities that exist around the world and in the United States, providing an important reminder of the tremendous diversity of religious experiences.' Nova Religio