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Koinonia Farm

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Creator:Chancey, Andrew S.
Title:Koinonia Farm
Date:2005 Mar. 11

Encyclopedia article about Koinonia Farm, established by Martin England and Clarence Jordan, a pair of white Baptist ministers, on 400 acres in rural Sumter County in 1942 in an attempt to live out the principles of pacifism, simplicity, and racial integration. Sumter County residents criticized Koinonia for practices of social integration and for welcoming conscientious objectors during World War II (1941-1945). After boycott and violence left Koinonia Farm essentially dormant, new ideas revived it in 1969 when Jordan joined with Millard Fuller and reincorporated the farm into Koinonia Partners. The instituted a low-cost, interest-free building program that eventually constructed 200 houses in Sumter County. In 1976 Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, left Koinonia to establish Habitat for Humanity International in nearby Americus. Koinonia has also been involved with helping refuges from around the world as well as prison and death penalty reform.

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Subjects:Koinonia Farm | Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity | Nonviolence--Religious aspects--Christianity | Christian communities--Georgia--History--20th century | Georgia--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity--History--20th century | Pacifism--Religious aspects--Christianity | Americus (Ga.) | Sumter County (Ga.)
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher:2005-03-11
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