Zos Hmoov Ntuj
Zos Hmoov Ntuj (ZHN) is Leej Niam’s (Our Mother’s) Community. It is the National Corporate Headquarters of Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam (Belief in Our Mother). The National Corporate Headquarters in Oroville will serve Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam temples and communities in other cities and states with future plans to expand throughout the United States and other countries.
Background of Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam
Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam has been in existence since December 2006 in the United States. However, it was not legally acknowledged as a religious institution until 2016. In February 2016, we registered Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam with the State of California as a religious institution and applied as a faith-based organization under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We received the approval status from both the State and the Internal Revenue Service. Once we were legally recognized as a religious organization, we actively searched for a property where we can build Leej Niam’s temple and her community. With Leej Niam’s blessing and guidance, we were able to purchase the Martin Ranch East and West property in Oroville for the development.
Leej Niam’s Teachings
Our belief in Leej Niam is rooted in her teachings of love, care, and kindness to all living beings; to hold moral values and ethical principles; to preserve and protect the beautiful earth that Leej Niam gave us; and to develop a peaceful and loving community to live in. We believe the person who gives us life loves us the most and the person who we give life to, we love the most; and that we all are born by a mother and we shall love one another as brothers and sisters.
Purpose of Zos Hmoov Ntuj
The purpose of Zos Hmoov Ntuj is (1) to develop Leej Niam’s temple to promote Leej Niam teachings, (2) to develop a peaceful and loving community to live in as a family, (3) to promote and preserve our culture, values, and principle beliefs, (4) to conserve and preserve our beautiful environment and mother earth, and (5) to teach and promote health and wellness to our community.
In teaching and promoting health and wellness, we believe in the growing and consumption of organic foods. Providing our community with clean and healthy food will allow us to preserve our souls and our earth. These teachings and practices will be translated into the business and research world, converting our knowledge and training into an economic base with strong moral business practices, teaching our adults and children.
The structure of Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam consists of Niam Hmoov Niam Neej, Ntxwv Feej Tim Txwv, Txwv Zeej Txwv Koob, and Txheej Keeb Tim thawj. Niam Hmoov Niam Neej is focused on the teaching and promoting of unyielding hard-work, conservation, preservation, and kindness to humans, animals, plants, other living beings. Ntxwv Feej Tim Txwv focuses on the teaching, learning, and gaining of the skills and knowledge to help develop a productive life and prosperous society. Txwv Zeej Txwv Koob (loosely translate as pastor) is focused on conducting and performing traditions, rituals, ceremonies, (such as birth, marriage, death), preaching, and teaching. Txheej Keeb Tim Thawj focuses on the administration of Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam and Zos Hmoov Ntuj when the community is developed.
The current administration is consisted of four (4) officers and four (4) council members, who are representatives of the current congregations.
- Cheuyengther Xiong, Council President
10090 E. Collier Road
Acampo, CA 95220
- Chang Vang, Council Vice President
- Chee Lee, Council Secretary, Representative of Wausau, WI Congregation
- Vanida Yang, Council Treasurer, Representative of St. Paul, MN Congregation
- Sky Ntxwj, Council Member, Representative of Fresno, CA Congregation
- Bao Kou Vang, Council Member, Representative of Sacramento/Acampo, CA Congregation
- Teng Her, Council Member
- Shoua Vang, Council Member, Representative of Thailand Congregation
Current Congregation Locations
Our current Headquarters is in Acampo, California just south of Sacramento. It is at this location that the current Council President resides and where the organization is conducting its businesses and providing support of the current congregations. Our organization has 52 families and 260 members. Growth has been strong over the past two years. Currently, there are about 3-4 families a year joining Kev Ntseeg Leej Niam. With the temple and headquarters in Orville, we anticipate that growth may double. We anticipate we will open up new congregations annually. The following are the current congregations we have and their locations:
- Sacramento/Acampo, CA, one congregation, 8 families.
- Wausau, WI, one congregation, 7 families.
- Paul, MN, one congregation, 15 families.
- Fresno, CA, one congregation, 18 families.
- Thailand, one congregation, 4 families
Our President Cheuyengther Xiong will be traveling to Thailand in July to visit the congregation there.
The Headquarters in Acampo, CA is the training and learning center for the current congregations and future congregations until the Headquarters in Oroville is built. Members come to the Headquarters get the required training to be Niam Hmoov Niam Neej, Ntxwv Feej Tim Txwv, Txwv Zeej Txwv Koob, and Txheej Keeb Tim Thawj, so they know how to run and operate their congregations according to the teachings of Leej Niam. The chair of each congregation is the representative to the Temples Council, the Headquarters. We have a monthly teleconference meeting to conduct our businesses and support one another. The head of Niam Hmoov Niam Neej, Ntxwv Feej Tim Txwv, Txwv Zeej Txwv Koob, and Txheej Keeb Tim Thawj provide the training.
Model of Zos Hmoov Ntuj
Zos Hmoov Ntuj follows the model of the co-housing approach with the religion and health components added to it to control our heart, soul, and wellness. Our approach to the Village welcomes people of all ages and family structure, and our communities enjoy interaction between people of all ages. We focus on inspiring community living by offering shared and private space for those who want to foster connection and live a more connected, healthy and spiritual life.
Private and Multi Family Homes
We propose living in single family and multi-family homes with all the amenities. We have a common house that includes common kitchen, social interactions, and eating areas. Because it is Leej Niam’s community, the roofs of our homes will be designed with Leej Niam’s headdress and to open up and look into the community and to have private spaces out of view. Connecting with the community is easy and natural, but not a required or constant as privacy matters.
Connecting to People and Elements in Relationship
The design goal is to create space to allow businesses, residents, families, and worship to easily interact among others throughout the day and build personal and business relationships, whether it is outside private homes, in common gathering areas, commercial and retail areas, working at our business and research park, or celebrating our culture and spiritual beliefs. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships and connected relationships build success.
Our architectural, landscape, and open space features and site layout will cultivate a culture of sharing and caring by living in relationship and connection. Features will promote ongoing interaction and engagement between all that live, work, and worship on the site. We have a blending of several communities planned, such as worship, ceremony and temple, business and research, training, recreation, and residential living, all in common area, in harmony based on the teaching and practice of Leej Niam.
Carbon, Food-Print, and Green Living Approach
Human impact on our planet is a common concern and care for our environment is a core value. Living in a community, sharing resources, and designing for lower energy use and greener living will help us reduce our impact on the environment. Repurposing practices of co-posting and recycling combine with the environmentally conscious building practices to reduce waster and energy use. Living close on a small footprint makes it easy to collaborate on recycling items not picked up by city services, sharing rides, and repurposing our materials in the village will make the site more sustainable.
Common Spaces and Participation
Shared property, common living and working, and worshipping together is part of what defines our religion, and it’s these spaces that allow us to come together for shared meals, activities, and celebrations as well as the collaborative work efforts required to care for them.
We make decisions collaboratively, using processes grounded in group decision making. Taking time to work through concerns brings creative solutions that work for all of us. Managing and maintaining our common property together empowers residents, builds community, and saves money.
We believe that connection with others is a core need of humans. Our communities are designed so that we cross paths with each other often. We intentionally take the time to stop and chat when we can. We choose to eat together on a regular basis, work on community projects together, work and play together. In short, we make choices every day that support our relationships with our neighbors. We commit to share major assets which require give and take to manage collectively, bringing us closer together. We believe this makes us healthier, happier, and more resilient.
Cultural Space, Open Space, and Recreation Areas
While appearance varies widely based on where the region, urban or rural location, and the preferences of the ZHN founders, there are some basic ideas that define the design of the village. We are proposing to create a cultural and economic base that will sustain the living and working together. Creating work and living spaces amongst and open space environment with connected pedestrian and bicycle trails, parks and natural areas to allow healthy activity. The recreation system will combine the temple, the school, and the housing in a way to serve the community and provide unity through activity and outdoor engagement.
A cultural interpretive center and trail system nestles into the hill side and it tells the story of the culture and the region with an extended view that allows for people to extend their dreams and souls.
Ethics and Community Engagement
The Hmong are known for their hard work ethic and philanthropy. Work within each of their communities to build an economic basis and strong family values. They work with other churches, organizations, cities, and counties passing on Leej Niam’s concept of loving and caring for all, as we are all brothers and sisters.
It is also important that we pass Leej Niam’s concept on positive social interactions, business ethic practices, and political harmony. As we integrate our leaders into the community, we bring the relationships and philanthropy to the community and create a better home for all.
For garden training in the home, we propose each property to have a garden. We see community areas of open space to do small community gardens to teach and train the farming knowledge of our ancestors to avoid the poisons of processed foods to our children.
The Temple, Ceremony, and Worship
Our worship and ceremony are our bond, bringing and keeping our community together and guided. The followings are common weekly and seasonal events and trainings that will be at the Temple and Headquarters:
- Sunday Worship and Study
- Saturday School
- Seasonal Ceremonial events
- Birth, Marriage, and Death ceremony
- Language and cultural training of the Hmong offered to all in the community
- Religion and the environmental training based on Leej Niam’s teachings
- Philanthropy of the Hmong within each community
- Teach our children the loving, caring, respecting, and kindness
- Teach our community to care and conserve our environment and earth
- Teach our people to respect the rules of laws and be productive citizens