Zion is the Place, City, and People of God taken from everywhere in the world, united in purpose. Our mission is to proclaim an amazing God who is ultimately and personally knowable. God is intimately familiar with mankind as a whole and with each of us as individuals.
He has interacted with us throughout history in a multitude of ways, including but not limited to personal visitations (called theophanies), angels, incarnation into human form, priests, and much much more. In truth, there is no time we are not experiencing God. Some moments stand out more than others, and it is these experiences that call us to the spiritual life. As we grow in our walk with God, we learn to see Him in every day life and life itself becomes a spiritual experience.
This website is designed to be an introduction to our community and as an access gateway to those interested in learning more.
What's more, we do not advocate any singular religious ideology, theology, organisation, or group.
Rather, we believe Isaiah's prophecy in Isaiah 2:2-5, that "it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
We are a syncretist community similar to the Baha'i or Sikhs in that we sustain all previous revelation from God in addition to unique revelation given to us and to us alone. We can be regarded as an indigenous lifeway in the way that Judaism is for Jews. We can be regarded as Restorationists like Latter Day Saints or Muslims. We are not a religion, we are not just a community....
WE ARE ZION.
Zion is also a traditional Biblical name of the place where Solomon's Temple and the Second Temple were. It was the dwelling place of a number of people for thousands of years, including but not limited to the Jebusites, Canaanites, and the Israelites. For the Israelites, it was the holiest place imaginable. Their self-identity was one of persecution and redemption by a God who covenants with them, dwells among them, and loves them more than anything.
As the Israelites were conquered by civilization after civilization - the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, and British - they became scattered across the world and their struggle for identity in alien cultures came to define them. Their lifestyles and works became a collective yearning for Zion, a remembrance of the land where their people dwelled and could live amongst themselves.
So as the peoples who originated the concept of Zion spread throughout the world, so did the concept of Zion evolve, change, and grow.
Today, Mount Zion is occupied in Jerusalem by people of all religions who consider the place Holy.
Many of us also believe in a Heavenly Temple, real and existent, described in the many various books of scripture and principally in Revelations and Ezekiel of the Bible.
The simplest symbol of Zion is the circle. It is unity, wholeness, oneness, and complete. The practitioners of Zen call it the enso.
Since Zion is an originally Hebrew concept, we can use Hebrew terminology and language to describe us. According to the mythology of the Bible, Enoch was the first human being of the creations after Adam and Eve to achieve God's purpose - that is, he walked with God (Genesis 5:24).
In the Book of Moses, Enoch founds a righteous city called Zion that is taken up with him to Heaven. As Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is among us and within us, Zion is nothing more than those who follow Enoch's path. We are those who walk with God.
The enso is the perfect symbol to describe our community and way of life. It is whole, complete, and never ending.
We, therefore, in perfect harmony and unity with our God and each other, seek to do exactly what Father Enoch did: walk with God.
Four Basic Principles
I) We explicitly accept people of all real, true, and valid religion in it's original sense of the word; that is, (re)ligion, to re-connect. All religion that serves to reconnect individuals with their Creator is welcomed.
II) We explicitly embrace human beings as persons of worth no matter what circumstance may avail them; all life has worth.
III) We explicitly believe in communal living, finding likeminded individuals to commune with and share our possessions and life with in a manner that benefits all.
IV) We explicitly meet all needs wheresoever we may find them, whether they be of our own flock or beyond.
Who is a Zionite?
Over the past few years, we have agreed - despite religious and theological differences - in four basic principles. A Zionite is anyone who believes in these Four Basic Principles of Zion:
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