Commonwealth of Jesus
|Commonwealth of Jesus|
|President||Arthur W. Dowe|
|Vice-President||F. Denning Smith|
The Commonwealth of Jesus was a religio-political cooperative society, organised by Arthur W. Dowe in 1891 at San Francisco, California, for the purpose of promoting "the highest development of the spiritual, mental and physical interests of humanity, by organized Christian cooperation." The initial plans for the group involved a communal boarding-house and a retail business, to be financed by the surrender of member assets into a shared group treasury.
- Dowe, Arthur W (1890), The Commonwealth of Jesus, San Francisco: A. W. Dowe
- "READY FOR BUSINESS. The Commonwealth of Jesus Is an Accomplished Fact.", The Morning Call (San Francisco) 69 (92): 8, 1891-03-02, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn94052989/1891-03-02/ed-1/seq-8/, retrieved 2016-08-01
- Gould, S. C., ed. (November 1896), Commonwealth of Jesus, "Masonic and Arcane Societies in the U.S.", Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 14 (11): 279, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044092649565;view=1up;seq=293, retrieved 2016-05-12, "The object and aim of this Commonwealth shall be the highest development of the spiritual, mental and physical interests of humanity, by organized Christian cooperation. The Head of this organized body shall be Jesus Christ. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." "The true, eternal aristocracy, coming down from an unbroken line of kings and priests, after the Order of Melchisedeck, in whose veins flows the bright RED blood." No date of organization is given. Official address, San Francisco, Cal."
- Bellamy, Edward, ed. (1891-04-25), "DOMESTIC CO-OPERATIVE EXPERIMENTS - A Co-operative Boarding House in San Francisco", The New Nation (Boston, Mass.) 1 (13): 198, https://books.google.ca/books?id=5nMxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA198&lpg=PA198, retrieved 2016-08-01