The history of Promisek reveals that no one person can ever maintain the land over time as a personal domain.The land goes on forever, and we are merely stewards of it, given a time to come into relationship with a particular part of creation, and to learn from and be nourished by it.
The members of Promisek have gathered to listen to this small portion of the earth, and to honor those who have gone before us on this land. Based on a Benedictine monastic understanding, we believe that God—however God is understood or envisioned—speaks to us through creation, and that if we live honestly with this land, it will tell us what it wants from us, and what it can give us.
And because we believe in the sacredness of each human being, and are passionately committed to the development and revelation of every person, we are also engaged in a deep and penetrating dialogue with all faiths, with the knowledge that at the root of our experience there are common truths that we are obliged to discover.
Although we are interested in bringing back the farm to production at some point, and in the principles of community life, Promisek is not envisioned as a back-to-the-land movement, or as a romanticization of the past. Instead, we believe the land and the farm can help all of us respond to the contemporary struggles against isolation, fragmentation, and exploitive living.
Land gives us a concrete context for these struggles, because the problems are not abstract but focused instead—in this time, and in this place, with these people.