Archives For Clarence Jordan


Today marks the anniversary of the death of Clarence Jordan.

This brief video with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a good intro to his life…

The Cotton Patch Gospel: Complete Collection
By Clarence Jordan

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Cotton Patch Rebel: The Story of Clarence Jordan
By Ann Trousdale

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Last Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Clarence Jordan (1912-1969),

the founder of the Koinonia Farm community in rural Americus, GA, a Christian community that was despised by many of its neighbors because they were an interracial community that treated blacks and whites as equals.

Jordan, a Greek scholar, is known for his Cotton Patch Gospel, a folksy paraphrase of the New Testament into the language of the rural south.  One of the best accounts of the community’s story is Dallas Lee’s The Cotton Patch Evidence.

The Koinonia Farm community still exists today, and will be hosting a big celebration of this anniversary, and the 70th anniversary of the community later this fall.

Short Video Intro to Jordan and his work:

Longer Audio of Jordan telling the story of Koinonia: