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  1. Hi, Troy: Yes, the community still exists, but it is a much different place from the place I grew up in. In the early days, members pooled resources much like the early Christians in the book of Acts, having "all things common." This proved to be a flaw within the community, as the leadership mismanaged funds. Long story short, it was no utopia. Still members of the community developed ties that are still strong today. Although I wouldn't call the community a cult, there were cult-like elements in the early days. Today, members have a lot more independence, both financially and soc
  2. Based on true events, What of the Ranch is the story of a group of poor, inner-city African Americans that travels from Chicago to rural Michigan to establish a Christian commune. The men and women who form the community find their new surroundings present both opportunities and challenges. It is their long-awaited Promised Land, but it is also a place that is isolated and foreign. This story is an intensely personal one because I grew up in the community and have just now begun to make peace with the unusual nature of my upbringing. That said, the work is in no way hea
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