- I’m excited to share a brief description of a book that I have been really looking forward to it’s publication. This book is written by my friend Andrew McLeod whom is not only an expert on co-ops but he is also a practitioner. It will be published by Wipf & Stock as part of their New Monastic Library Series.
Holy Cooperation!: Building Graceful Economies
by Andrew McLeod
Christians have played key roles in the development of this movement, but the theological basis for this participation is not widely understood. Holy Cooperation! is an examination of what the Bible teaches about social organizing, and an exploration of some of the cooperative ways that Christians have worked together. Through cooperation we may act as our brother’s and sister’s keepers, while staying true to Jesus’ teachings of liberation.
The first Christians immediately set about creating a social structure based on democratic control of their collective resources, which were shared freely. While this was a voluntary system, it carried great spiritual weight and was a continuation of values that were clearly encouraged in the stories of the Old Testament.
This style of organizing can also be found in the modern cooperative movement, which is made up of thousands of democratically controlled businesses serving millions of members worldwide. This movement touches the lives of nearly half of Americans, and has grown into a comprehensive economic system in other parts of the world.