Thursday, October 7, 2010

Some thoughts on community

I am beginning to become more convinced that forming a spiritual growth community takes a strong commitment to a common spiritual practice(s) and to each other. This takes courage because it requires each member to take responsibility for their practice(s) and for their availability to the group; we can't come to consume. It asks each member to practice in season and out of season. To do things they may like and may not always like. Their commitment to a shared way of life is part of the powerful bond that joins them.

For example maybe a spiritual community practices the same morning or evening office, maybe they are reading some of the same scripture texts. Then when they come together they are sharing their journey, what is God is teaching them. This group is based on love for God and love for each other and begins to grow in availability and openness.

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