Saturday, January 9, 2010
The United Order
In the 19th century, the United Order was a Mormon group who sought to establish co-operative communities designed to achieve equality, eliminate poverty, increase self-sufficiency, and to ultimately create an ideal utopian society. Mormons referred to this utopian goal as Zion.
The United Order is not practiced within mainstream Mormonism today; however, a number of groups of Mormon fundamentalists, such as the Apostolic United Brethren, have revived the practice. (The title "Apostolic United Brethren" is not generally used by its own members, who prefer to call it "The Work," "The Priesthood," or "The Group.")
The United Order was also practiced by a Latter Day Saint church called the United Order Family of Christ, founded in 1966.
According to Wikipedia, "Some leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the United Order will be reestablished some time in the future. Many leaders have taught that the Church's present system of welfare and humanitarian aid is a predecessor or stepping stone to the renewed practice of the United Order in the future."