“The only thing constant in life is change.”
These words resonate with me as my life appears to be a wild ride of twists and turns. I want to explain the current state of the community I have been working on creating for the past 3 years.
Here is the new purpose of the community:
Compassionate Acres is a vision for an intentional community and educational center. Our land is located in the beautiful Ozark mountains, and our purpose is to train people to propagate healthy vegan communities in faith communities. We will soon be accepting applications for teachers who can teach the skills, students who want to learn how to be Community Facilitators, and people who want to partner with us to co-create projects on the land. Projects for healthy community include: vegan permaculture, a home for the disabled, farm animal sanctuary, rewilding and cold therapy training center, and a healing/retreat center.
The name of the blog, Jesus Vegans, came from my desire to help Christians become vegan, and I also wanted to be supported on my walk with Jesus. The community, Jesus Vegans, was designed to attract vegan Christians.
Then I got fed up with Christians because of 17 years of extremely hurtful experiences. Even vegan Christians were giving me a hard time because of my beliefs in reincarnation and the belief that God was going to somehow redeem everyone.
So I renounced my membership in the Christian club, but never let go of having Jesus as my mentor and guide. I re-named the community, “Vegan Utopia Ecovillage.”
About 8 months later, I had a realization that if I was going to be so connected to Jesus, I really am a Christian. I wanted to try to work within this spiritual path with others who want to follow Jesus teachings of love.
Then I wanted people of all faiths to join the community.
A few months later, I realized that I am smack dab in the middle of a Christian neighborhood, and most of my friends and family in the area are Christian. I realized also that since there is 2.5 billion Christians in the world, surely I can find some who resonate with the values of veganism, Christian Universalism, and healthy community.
And now I realize that the name Jesus Vegans, can be a turn off to people — both Christians and non-Christians. I wanted something more generic.
We will offer a plant based diet and practice veganic agriculture. Our main purpose will be to help spread the message of veganism and healthy community living primarily to churches in order to help them become healthy community centers to serve their neighborhoods
I did have a wonderful “mission circle” comprised of friends who were helping me to build the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage. But when it looked like my former husband would not let me buy him out, I gave up on the community all together. I was burned out. I just wanted to see the land, take the money and run.
In May, 2019 I went to Berkeley to attend the Animal Liberation Conference. After being here about 3 weeks, my former husband contacted me and said he wanted to sign over the deed of the land. I could finally own the land outright. Now that was a miracle!
So now I feel motivated and energized to press the restart button and get the community up and running.
I am working to help reform Direct Action Everywhere as an outsider. I thought this was the animal rights organization I most wanted to support.
Then a series of events helped me wake up to the fact that a lot of people, including myself, are getting hurt by being a part of DxE. The bottom line is, they need a culture shift! I’m working with some others to inspire DxE leaders to hire a consultant who can help them with this process.
Your comments are welcome. Thanks for reading my words.