Sannerz Community • Sannerz, Germany

About Us:
The Bruderhof movement started in this house in 1920, and we were excited to be able to reacquire it in 2002. It’s a powerful experience to see the surroundings in which our early years took place, to imagine the youth conferences, struggles for harmonious relationships, and intense expectation and enthusiasm for a new way to live out faith in God. Having this house enables our members from around the world to become re-inspired through visits here. Currently this location acts as a supportive household for young adults attending local universities and trade schools, doing apprenticeships, or participating in volunteer programs. Several of the students attend technical schools in Schlüchtern, Fulda, Gelnhausen, and Frankfurt, focusing on subjects, such as farming, butchering, roofing, carpentry, shoemaking, and German accounting and tax law.

Setting:
Our property actually consists of two houses, a large yard, garden, and small orchard. We are located at the edge of the small village of Sannerz, surrounded by hills, farmland, and beech and pine woods. There are many walking paths nearby, and we are within walking distance of three castles, as well as the Steffanskuppe, a knoll known for its unique trees and flowers. Just a ten-minute drive away is Steinau, a quaint town home to the famous Brothers Grimm.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We participate in and sometimes volunteer for the festivals, markets, and musical performances taking place in the village, schools, churches, and castles. These give us the opportunity to build relationships with our wider neighborhood. Community service is also integral to our daily life and schedule, and we contribute our time to a local food bank and visiting with house-bound neighbors.

Point of Interest:
Bruderhof founders Eberhard and Emmy Arnold signed a ten-year rental agreement for this house in 1920. They moved in over a five-month period, one room at a time. By 1927, the house was already too small for the growing group, so all the members moved out and to a larger place in the Rhön area, several miles away. The house continued as a rental until 1979, though Germany’s Ninth Infantry Division quartered in the house from 1940–1, and U.S. Army soldiers lived there from 1945–6.

Several current residents describe life at the Sannerz Bruderhof:
Mark A

Mark: I’m twenty-one years old and have lived here at Sannerz, a Christian community in Germany, for almost three years. I spent the first year learning the language and now I’ve started an apprenticeship in machine building. Sannerz, named for the small town situated in the foothills of the Rhön mountains, is the location where our communal life began in 1920. That is one thing I find interesting about living here: so much of the local area is part of our community’s beginnings. Of course, I also love the German culture and food. One of my favorite events here at Sannerz is our joint worship services with a local church. It’s good to be able to discuss world issues with other people but also the answer and the hope we Christians are given and in that way strengthen and encourage each other.

Miriam Fransham

Miriam: My husband, Steve, and I live in an intentional house community in the village of Sannerz, Hessen, in Germany with our two daughters, Anni and Sabina. There are sixteen people living here – three families and several singles – but most days our numbers are increased by interested, searching, or curious visitors from Germany and Europe. That´s one of the best things about living here: we are living together in Christian community and at the same time we are part of the village, with an open door to the neighbors and anyone else who wants to join in. I volunteer at the local village school and also take care of our children, the house, the visitors, and do whatever else needs doing. Of course, being nature-loving outdoors people, we enjoy getting out in the hilly region near the high Rhön Mountains.

Contact Information

Sannerz Gemeinschaft
Lindenstraße 13
36391 Sinntal-Sannerz
Germany
Tel: 06664 402498
Email:  sannerz@bruderhof.com

Established: 2002

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