what it is/isn’t

17 . March . 2010

‘community means caring:
caring for people.

dietrich bonhoeffer says,
‘he who loves community destroys community;
he who loves the brethren builds community.’

a community is not an abstract ideal.
we are not striving for perfect community.

community is not an ideal;
it is people.
it is you and i.

in community we are called to love people
just as they are with their wounds and their gifts,
not as we would want them to be.

community means giving them space,
helping them to grow.

it means also receiving from them so that we too can grow.’

-jean vanier,
from brokenness to community

no wonder it’s such a mess,
it involves me.
the real me.

oy.

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