Appendix to the Rule
The Covenant of the Community
Verily thus saith the Lord God Almighty, even Anokeesed, unto all the Gentiles who are assembled unto their repentance: If you will love Me and learn the Languages of My Son, even the Languages of Repentance and Glory,
Yea, love Me until these Languages which are in all things become the foundation of every aspect of your lives, then will I make a New Covenant with you to view you as a repentive people and a people willing to come clean before Me.
I will view you as a people who exercise faith in Me until they become sanctified in Me, so My words to My ancient prophet will be fulfilled insomuch as the things that have been sealed from the foundation of the world will be unsealed for you, even to the unfolding of all My revelations.
As My people under this New Covenant, I will send before you the Holy Order of My priesthood, yea My presence will be with you even so much as you shall be known to Me as the New Jerusalem upon this the Promised Land, and be blessed upon the land forever.
As My Covenant people I will fight your battles for you, I will nourish your young children in the light of My ancient revelations, I will multiply you and teach you Songs of Glory. There is no blessing that need be withheld from you and your posterity forever, but you must love Me as I have loved you and in your love for Me, come unto Me and confess and repent all your sins – willingly, humbly, openly, and happily.
And as you do this and you develop relationships with My Son through righteousness in all things, you will become sanctified in Me and sickness and sorrow will be done away.
No individual one of you can come in unto this New Covenant because of someone else’s love for Me or by someone else’s repentance. Each must find and love Me. You each must become clean before Me.
It is My desire for you in the terrible days to come upon the earth that your pathway take you softly past the fear and turmoil of soul that shall beset the hearts of men. Do whatever it takes in your repentance and discipline to know Me and I will do whatever it takes to preserve and bless you upon the Promised Land forever.
The token of this Covenant I have sent and is before you, even that part of the Book of Remembrance which reveals to you how to prepare to stand before Me at the last day.
Greater truth can no man know; more profitable knowledge cannot enter into the heart of man. I am your God. I am Anokeesed. I am multiplied in your heart and all things. Amen.
Righteous Clothing - clothing is made in community, by hand or on a treadle machine. It must be modest and of approved patterns, made of 100% pure material, and it must be an approved solid color.
The approved colors are: White, cream, natural, tan, beige, grey, sage green and dark brown
The Principle - righteous clothes are to help us huddle together, identify together, and to protect us. Light clothing reflects our relationship with God as the ‘sons of light.’ The scrolls tell us that the adversary wears darkness and evil is associated with dark colored garments. These light natural colors also reflect the direction we are heading as we begin to make our own clothing from our materials (leather, nettles, and our wool.)
Daily – Men and women should always wear modest clothing. Men always wear shirts, even during very hot weather. Women should be conscious of gaping armholes and necklines and also observe to wear appropriate undergarments (slips, etc.) under thinner materials. Shorts are appropriate attire for men and women in the summer and should be worn long – no shorter than one hands width above the knee. Women should wear dresses and skirts whenever possible, although culottes are also acceptable. Women should never wear pants or jeans. Hats for men and women should be homemade or purchased straw hats.
Sabbath – Women should always wear white/light dresses or skirts to church and ceremony functions. Long leggings, shorts, or bloomers are recommended for modesty under dresses (i.e. sitting on the floor or climbing onto buggies and wagons) and also for children. Men should always wear white clothes and their leather worship garment. Torn and dirty clothing is never to be worn on Sabbath; however properly patched garments have a positive feeling. Shorts are not appropriate for church or ceremonies.
We, as a Community, do not accept used clothing from outside Community (hand-me-downs within Community are ok.) We are not innovative on a personal level with our clothing, but rather wear the patterns and styles outlined by the Clothing Committee. We use only homespun yarns and solid, light colored fabrics for garments. Prints, logos, pictures, and writing are not acceptable on clothing. Clothing should be made of 100% linen, cotton, wool or leather and not of synthetics (Fallen Watchers.) Swimwear is also modest – women wear one piece suits with skirts or shorts and men wear long shorts, never skimpy suits, and a swim shirt.
Male & Female Protocol -
· any serious counseling situations should be attended by a minimum of 2 persons or the individual’s spouse.
· persons should not be around members of the opposite sex when they are in bed, undressed (pajamas), using the commode, etc.
· indoor commodes must have privacy from mixed sex living arrangements (parents & children, mixed sex siblings, etc.) Considerations should be made for overnight guests as well.
· persons of the opposite sex should never be alone in a building together, unless they are married (to each other).
· chores - persons sharing chores should be of the same sex or in three’s.
· when driving/traveling always have the same sex people travel together or travel in three’s and groups.
· persons should set their own comfort boundaries in regard to personal space and touch - these should always be respected by others.
· Any unmarried female, starting at the time of her weaning, shall not sit on a bed or bedding with a boy or man until the day of her wedding
Diet in Community
In Community we are provided with all our food through the storehouse of God. The storehouse provides “every clean and sacred thing…to supply every daily need of all the Community.” Our diet is primarily composed of vegetables, fresh and canned, from our own gardens, grains grown upon our own land, and meat butchered righteously in Community. We have milking cows that provide us with milk, butter, and cheese and chickens for fresh eggs. Food that is not grown here, but that is provided through the storehouse, is also clean; such as: salt, baking soda, rolled oats, popcorn, and oil.
Unclean food, generally speaking, is food that does not come through the storehouse. However, there are also foods that we do not eat, even when amongst the people in the world, because of their definitions or health reasons. The following items are considered unclean:
- pork - red meat (unrighteously butchered) & organ meat
- head lettuce - creeping things (shrimp, lobster, crab, snails, etc.)
- coffee - vegetables or fruit that ooze juice
- cut bread - genetically modified foods
Choosing to eat some of these foods (GMO’s and pork, for example) results in needing a ceremony of cleansing. Repeatedly choosing to partake of the above items would result in permanent uncleanness. Before experimenting with foods that are not established in our diet, advice should be obtained from the elders highest inscribed. Food that we do not know the definitions of is considered to be unclean until we know what it feels.
Work Policy for Community – January 2012
The culture of a subsistence community does not entail monetary currency in exchange for labor. The rewards of labor are realized in a share of what the farm produces. Consequently what is “earned” may seem detached from the actual labor performed. We produce all food stuffs which include: garden produce, wild foods, field crops, poultry products, meat products of sheep, cattle, fishing, and hunting of wild game. Our work culture requires an entirely different motivational structure than when working for money. Our motivation to work has to arise out of a sense of responsibility of love for each other and the Lord. We are a relationship based society. Personal incentive to work does not include rewards of advancement or increased pay. New people often find it difficult to switch over to this kind of motivational skill. All of us receive an equal share of what we produce except what is produced by hunting, fishing, and wild food gathering which is shared by those who procured it, by their initiative, according to their established relationships as led by the Spirit.
We are capable of producing almost everything we need to live. A wide variety of skills are expressed in our Community and a person will be able to do many of them over time, so there is much satisfaction that can come in learning. Generally, for 6 months, from our New Year to Ingathering (March – September), we begin work at the first hour (7 a.m.). The other 6 months work starts at second hour (still 7 a.m. as we do not have Standard & Savings Time). It is best to plan the start of a work day at the weekly work-crew meetings with the crew members one will be working with. It is essential to be to work on time as fellow workers depend upon each other. A wise worker will have in mind alternative plans for work when unexpected things come up that inhibit their plans, especially in relation to the weather or household mishaps.
The maintenance of our land to facilitate food production is our highest labor priority. Next are other basic needs such as housing, sanitation, and help for dependant households. We hold that our animals are members of our church and we have the same religion, so the treatment of animals reflects a love and respect for them not commonly found. Taking the life of any animal is done soberly and in sorrow. We eat meat sparingly and mostly in times of winter or famine.
Everyone has 3 weeks a year off of required work-crews: a week at Winter-fest time in December and 2 weeks at Ingathering in September. All other time off, for any reason except illness, must be coordinated by agreement with the work-crews with arrangements being made for a stand-in to do ones work or chores. It is best not to expect to get time off during times of heavy need for crop labor, of tending to planting or harvesting. These requirements are seasonal and there are time of the year when it is easier to take time off to visit relatives and the like. People with poor work habits, who are on probation, will have difficulty in procuring time off.
It is essential in our work culture that workers act in certain ways that foster a happy work environment. These are:
· Fix, in a timely way, whatever is broken while you are using it (which usually means immediately during that work period)
· Put things away in terms of equipment, supplies, and tools
· Take care of Community tools and put them in the place they are expected to be by other workers
· Be to work when expected
· Have forethought so you can do your part
· Be inner motivated and not have to be told everything
· Don’t do chores or hours of Community Service during work time
· Be willing to see a change in plans as normal and acceptable
· Invite critique of your performance both individually and at work-crew meetings
· Learn how to be productive in our way of life with a minimum of idle time
· Be dependable and keep your word in the duties you need to perform
· Prepare for any new phase of work ahead of time so you are not just getting ready while everyone else is working
· Know where your personal tools are and have them handy & ready for work
· Clean up after your work and be tidy
All of these things make a person pleasant to work with. You will want to develop a reputation where everyone wants you on their job. Remember, our view is everything we do we are doing for the Lord and what He wants for us or for an individual. When entering into any endeavor, always determine & communicate first what your part is and be certain you do your part or a little more. The person who is uncomplaining and willing is a delight to work with.
We accept that a person may need process time to learn how to work in our culture. We cannot “fire” a worker like is done in the society at large, but things can reach a point where we can ask a person to leave the Community or withhold from the Storehouse for a trial period. We all have to work and be productive – we are making a living here. We have learned from experience that we cannot tolerate long term loafers, complainers, and those who are not considerate of others. Their presence in Community is not worth the discord they produce. We need happy, willing, and productive workers from both men and women.
We suggest a six month “break-in” period for a person to learn to work in our culture. Then we begin to advise and help more directly with reproval and kind consideration. If need be, there will be a period of using repentance to improve work skills with the worker themselves, hopefully, initiating the self-discipline of days of repentance (see Community Rule). Those days will include hours of Community Service. In a culture like ours, everyone has to work and be productive, according to the way the Lord has made each personality and unique worker with consideration for physical ability.
There will be consequences for the following poor or destructive work habits:
1. Habitually being late for work.
2. For breaking things and not repairing or replacing them right away.
3. For being unproductive over a long period of time.
4. Being a complainer and working grudgingly
5. Being irresponsible and undependable so as to not be able to be counted on by fellow workers.
6. Not using initiative so that you must be told everything to do
7. Excessive idle time
8. Habitually being unprepared to perform the scheduled task in a timely way
9. For using negative informal leadership
10. Maintaining the precedent for untidiness and not putting tools away.
When any of these things occur in a continuing way after the six month break-in period, and after many attempts to assist with reproval, then the other workers on their work-crews can decide to put the person with such behavior on what is called an “open period of probation.” By “open” it is meant to be a period of time where serious effort is put to remedy the problem but without any stated deadline.
If this does not bring result, the Council can put the second period of probation in place and this has a deadline. If effective remedy is not shown by the deadline then the person will be asked to leave the Community.
This is the policy concerning Community Service. When a person is doing days for any lack of virtue, it is good for that to be open and communicated , as it is essential for everyone to be aware of each others efforts to be better persons and virtuous in their love for the Lord. It fosters a feeling of security and confidence in the stability of Community. Community Service is a public expression of humility and sincere desire. It is important for it to not be done during work-crew times as it is an expression of “going the extra mile.”
The numbers of hours of Community Service will be determined by the man of service who is assisting with the days of repentance. It will be common for the service hours to be one-half of the number of days being done. It is recommended that before the days are started, that plans and preparations be made to perform the hours of service. It is also recommended that a person do their hours of service in some other village than the one in which they live, so the labor does not feel like a chore, but one of genuine service.
In each village there will be a young mother with a list of Community Service needs that she has compiled for her village. She will need to be consulted so that the tasks she considers to be the service priority will be done, of course this is with respect for the opportunity available. It is also recommended that the items required to perform the service be applied for right away so as not to delay the service. It is expected that the hours of service will be done a little each day or every other day during the Days of Repentance, as it is difficult to arrange blocks of time outside of work time. Also, it enhances the relationship benefits in doing the service to have a continuing feeling of the joy of being served and of the satisfaction of being of service.
Policy on Pets in Community
When living in community, due to the numbers of households and pets, each individual household can have only one pet, a cat or a dog unless approved for more by the Heads of Household. Pets such as guinea pigs, fish, or birds that lives in a cage is exempt from this policy. The Storehouse does not purchase pet food, therefore please plan carefully if you have pets and are planning to move into community. Each family may bring one cat or dog.
Relationships with Healthcare
Whenever someone gets sick or injured, depending on the severity, an administration to heal will be applied first. An administration is a prayer service for healing and is a time for confession of sin. James 5: 16, says "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
It is policy in community, that an administration be used first before seeking health care professionals, unless the injury or illness is immediately life threatening. In such a case there would be immediate hospitalization, etc. There will be individuals who access free government and health care programs. These all must be approved by the Council before such arrangements are made.
When this policy is followed, the storehouse will pay for necessary healthcare, if not, then healthcare debts are left up to the individual who incurred them.
Those people who are a part of the storehouse, have access to healthcare they may need. All healthcare situations are subject to consideration by common consent through the various decision-making bodies. Doctor visits, dental, eye care, are all provided for through the storehouse, if gone through the decision-making bodies, such as Young Mothers, Heads of Household, and Older Elders.
In community, the full members contribute all their income and assets to the Lord's storehouse. These assets and income provide for all in the storehouse. This is not tithing but giving your all.
A third-year person's money is held in trust. Meaning that it is not spent on community, except if they wish to tithe. A third-year person is completely dependent on the storehouse for necessities.
Second-year people have their own money, but it is spent for them, through the storehouse. They may tithe to the storehouse if they wish.
First-year people have and spend their own money, but not on community. They may tithe to the storehouse if they wish.
The Council of Community and other decision-making bodies may decide to sell livestock and other assets, to pay for community debts. Also, on occasion, people will work outside community to pay for special needs if approved by the Council.
Our goal is to become completely self-sufficient and eventually need to use no money. Money is unclean and a Fallen Watcher. Only those chosen to “carry the purse” handle or hold money in community, except first year people. All persons with gift or inheritance monies must have them held by a keeper of the purse, except first year people.
The Four Foundations of Community
The Storehouse Repentance
Common Consent Righteousness
The Storehouse – The Storehouse is to provide, by the hand of God, every clean and sacred thing for use in worship and to supply every daily need of all the Community. The storehouse is to insure equity between all so as to eliminate the influences that divide the people and prevent them from having all things common. It is to better provide for their children, elderly, handicapped, and orphans, and to promote a clean and righteous way of life. The land of all the earth, except that which is under the domination of the wicked, is in the storehouse of God, this includes: all the trees, water, food stores, firewood, building materials, and provisions
Repentance – Repentance is change to be a better person according to the desires of the Lord, which He expresses to you personally. We freely and lovingly reprove one another in Community and believe a call to repentance is a call to have some specific, personal relationship or experience with Christ. We believe the Lord and all the Eerkodeshoi reprove people on a regular basis. We love our repentance processes and we love each other’s. One of the most essential components for the repentance processes to work in Community is honesty. We find that people who come into Community from the world do not grasp the full meaning of the profound nature of our kind of honesty until they have been here awhile. It can be a huge adjustment. We see repentance to be a happy, exciting, and gratifying process. A call to repentance is seen as a most extreme act of love and compassion. There is a host of tapes, scriptures and reading material on repentance available. The one critical element to have a successful, happy life in Community is to love repentance; love finding ways to change to be a better person, parent, friend or neighbor; love coming to a knowledge of your sin for the excitement to be better, more virtuous, honest, and effective for the Lord.
Common Consent – Common Consent is the process by which all decisions in Community are made. Common Consent is not majority rule it is unanimous consent. Unless everyone on the decision making body commonly consents then the decision is not accepted. In order to be part of the Common Consent process a person must be a full member of Community and not be doing days of penance that result in exclusion from Common Consent. Courtesies extended during the Common Consent process are: 1. treat Common Consent like any other worship by being positive and saying only virtuous things, 2. speak only as instructed by the Spirit, 3. have respect for the Languages of Repentance and Glory, 4. do not express self-interest, 5. keep the common good uppermost, and 6. be willing to change at any indication improvement can be made. A willingness to adapt and change plans as the Spirit directs is the definition of stability in Community.
Righteousness – Righteousness is the correct practical, theoretical and religious relationship with any given element among the Eerkodeshoi. Often thought of as the “right” relationship with all holy element. In the Sealed Portion are listed and described in detail how to approach the leaders of the Watchers of Holiness or Eerkodeshoi.
To speak against these Foundations of the Community, publicly, with the intent to change them, eliminate them, or to degrade them, will result in expulsion from Community. However, we all commonly speak of how to better express them and improve upon them.