>Seven principles of co-ops:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
7. Concern for Community

This is fundamentally the same thing I am trying to accomplish with the Community of Solitude:

1. If you believe in what we believe then join us!
2. We have no “one head” but rather a council which is duly elected and who rotates.
3. In our case it means tithe to your church.
4. Yes – that is what Solitary is all about.
5. We have a strong and organized formation program to keep everyone challenged at all levels
6. I guess we call that ‘charity’ or ‘love’
7. And finally – through our silence we go deep into our ‘cells’ – that is our ZIP code, and engage all we meet in a prayerful way.

I like this.


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