Our Work in Southern Georgia
Koinonia (a Greek word meaning spiritual community) was established in Southern Georgia in 1942 as an interracial community. Founded by Clarence Jordan, a man who had a degree in both New Testament Greek and agriculture, Koinonia endeavored to be “demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God”, by its own example, showing that Whites and Blacks could live in harmony and mutual respect. Despite being persecuted by the Ku Klux Klan with the bombing of their roadside stands and drive-by shootings, Koinonia endured, refusing to be driven away by these hostilities.
In the late 1960’s Koinonia was visited by a young man, Millard Fuller, who despaired of the materialism that had become the be-all and end-all of his life and was looking for a new direction for his life. When Clarence Jordan tragically died, Millard Fuller went on to become the founder of Habitat for Humanity.
Groups from our church have visited Koinonia Farm many times to help in the harvest season, and to learn about its wonderfully rich history. In partnership with Koinonia, our church uses their “fair trade, organically grown coffee for our coffee hours, and periodically we market their products to the members and friends of our congregation.