Nine years ago we decided to swim against the current of rugged individualism and live together in community. We had been talking about it for years, and it came time to put up or shut up. We chose to put up. The result: The Hesed Community Cooperative.
Hesed is a Hebrew word with many meanings:
- Hesed of mortals can mean kindness of people towards people, in doing favors and benefits; kindness extended to the lowly, needy and miserable; mercy; affection or love to God; piety; lovely appearance.
- Hesed of God can mean redemption from enemies and troubles; in preservation of life from death; in quickening of spiritual life; in redemption from sin; in keeping the covenants with Abraham, Moses and Israel.
Loyalty is perhaps a good English equivalent. Or the obligation of one to another for the sake of their loving relationship and for no other reason. That’s what we try to be about. Sometimes we even succeed.
We are a dynamic community, rooted in love. Right now, we are 8 adults, 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 chickens. Those numbers will change, chickens don’t live forever, but our love (and careful planning and balanced budgets) has seen us through so far. We trust that it will continue.
We are family, we are friends, we are fellow travelers. We want to meet you.
Hey, did you watch our cool video yet?