Monday, June 18, 2007
community, what a word! I think we all have very different definitions of what we call community.
I see it mentioned a lot and love the fact that throughout the world there are so many different forms of community.
I have thoughts on community, the primary one being that I love it, I don't find it easy. Especially moving from a larger church community to a smaller one here in Ibiza. What I have found is that you can't hide in smaller community, if you have issues, disagreements, people you don't get on with you can't avoid them. Where as in a larger community you can avoid people and hide your issues and basically function as normal, small community can and should cause you to grow.
However it worries me that there could be a growing trend towards small being beautiful, on one hand I agree, but on the other hand we have to believe for and expect growth so if a community grows, what do we do? There is a danger that we enjoy small so much we become introverted.
I also worry about communities being exclusive, not deliberately, but by there very make up. For instance a group that is very intellectual and does a lot of discussion around books etc.. could without meaning to be exclusive. I am not saying this is right or wrong. Students will reach students, young people young people but is that a correct family mix? Peers reach peers but how about trying with people who are different to us?
What about community houses? I think they are limited, once again restricting growth and primarily being made up of like minded people. Although as training centres, places of prayer and creativity I am all for that. I am more for communities developing and growing in geographical areas, maybe a number of houses and people living near each other. This sounds more realistic.
A.W.Pink said "People don't go where the action is, they go where the love is" If a community is built on love it will survive and grow, so I guess the under lying element to the community I want to experince is love.
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