Clarence Jordan, the founder of Koinonia farm
, was the closest person to Jesus I have ever met.
Koinonia Farm and its inhabitants, a subject so rich in possibilities for vivid re-creation and historical evaluation, never quite get fully realized.
Nevertheless, the retelling of the application of these tactics towards non-violent, communal, integrated Koinonia Farms and the determined, creative responses of the Koinonians are the most compelling part of this book.
Established in 1942 by two white couples, Koinonia Farm initially mirrored many New Deal programs, adding a strong dose of Christian fellowship to its community education and outreach programs, while laying the foundation for "living in community" on the farm.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, residents at Koinonia Farm struggled with balancing two core goals: living "in community" and fostering interracialism.
1) Thus, the appearance of a serious study of the Koinonia Farm "experiment" in the late 1990s is a welcome event.
This movement from Koinonia Farm to Habitat for Humanity presents a remarkable story.
The modest houses, the first of which went up in a pine thicket on Koinonia Farm
, were sold at cost, with no interest.
Many people knew about Koinonia Farm and Jordan, especially Southern Baptists who wanted to follow the Koinonia example and depart from the racist ways of thinking and behaving of so many of their fellow southerners and fellow Baptists.
University of Florida, 1998), and Tracy Elaine K'Meyer, Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997).
In addition I conducted interviews with forty-five people associated with Koinonia Farm.
While most of the interviews conducted for my history of Koinonia Farm will be deposited at the University of Georgia Archives, these tapes will be available for review only upon request.