The Pledge of Common Unity
Ours is a Christian community. This does not mean that non-Christians are excluded from visiting but it does mean that any collaborative or policy decisions will be made in accordance with the whole counsel of God as found in the Scriptures, the traditions of Church Fathers, and the input of believers in accordance with the spirit and intent of this Pledge of Common Unity.
While we do not require you to believe in all these things to be a member of our virtual community, you do pledge to respect these beliefs and those who practice them and we do make these beliefs the basic starting point for joining our Society as a Peer.
Our Statement of Faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
who gave us His Holy Word
in the New Testament
and Old Testament.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
The Word who was and is and is to come
who was with God and who is God,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to Hell
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Universal church,
United in Christ
many liturgies, One Lord,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
The spiritual constitution of our community is the four core ideals. As these ideals have worked well for those nations which have used them so too can they work for the success of any person, community, or nation that adheres to them.
Unity in diversity- we are united in our One true faith and diverse in all other ways. We tolerate and love all, regardless of their faith or any other condition even as we assert our own right to live as individuals and as a community according to our convictions.
Popular sovereignty- our full individual sovereignty comes from full community sovereignty which expresses the sense of our values and way of life and to achieve this we seek practical ways to exercise our self reliance.
Democratic equality- we expect to be judged solely on the merit of our work and our character without hindrance, prejudice, or favoritism and in order to do this we demand only that we receive our rewards based on our level of participation.
Rule of law- we will make the law and benefit from the law in accordance with the dictates of our faith and our community values and in order to achieve this we will protect our interests and guard our rights and privileges and help one another to do the same.
By adhering to each of these ideals in a balanced manner, with scripture as our guide, we can create a sense of Christian community that enables every participant to find and achieve God’s will for their lives.
The Community Vision
The Community Builder always seeks the best and most effective ways to fulfill the following vision for our community:
Cooperation- wherever possible, we will seek cooperation rather than raw competition and we will both share in the work and the rewards of our community building effort.
Sustainability- wherever possible we will seek self sustaining relationships and activities and we will rely as much as possible on naturally renewable resources which we seek to have direct or collective ownership over.
Consensus- wherever possible we will seek to make decisions in accordance with our faith via a consensual decision making process that allows for unanimously agreed to decisions as much as we can.
The Social Ethic
We agree to abide by the following social ethic:
Welfare- the welfare of each member will be respected and no harm will knowingly be done or be permitted to be done to any member of our community
Justice- to each according to their due, honor to whom honor is due, discipline to whom discipline is due, according to God’s law and the laws of this community
Autonomy- each person is a free and sovereign agent joining themselves by free association to our community and each person is free to join if they agree to our way of life or is free to leave if they desire to do so
The Four Conditions of Freedom
The economic goals of our community conform the four conditions of freedom (Penned by Dr. Carmine Gorga):
Investment- within our community every member who participates has equal and fair access to investment capital based on their ability to pay and the merit of their ideas
Land- within our community, all land purchased in common for the benefit of all will be equally accessible and any private user will compensate the community for that use
Participation- ownership in terms of risk, authority, and profit sharing is based on level of participation which includes time, money, resources, expertise, and any other factors that contribute to an economic enterprise
Protection- every member of our community will have access to knowledge, resources, and tools by which they can protect their rights, persons, and wealth
I pledge as a community member to RESPECT these beliefs and values, and to behave with equity, decency, and fairness toward all other members. Whether I am a non-Christian who does not adhere to such beliefs in my life or a Christian who does, I pledge to respect that these beliefs are the basis of this virtual and spiritual homeland nd not to undermine them, ridicule them, or disrespect them or those who practice such beliefs.