December 7 – Community
Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
(Author: Cali Harris)
Oh, this is too easy. I'm finding it in North Yarmouth, in my new church family, and I dearly hope it will deepen in the coming year.
This morning I went to pray with a dear person and that dear person's dear spouse before surgery, and the dear person's dear spouse asked, as we walked down a corridor, how *I* was doing?
I've been skimming the surface of church community ever since I left Small Church almost four years ago. It was hard to leave them, though I understood the financial necessity and made the move myself. The size at which a church can support a full-time pastor has increased, mostly due to the expense for health insurance. They just couldn't do it, although there had been mighty efforts. I remain wistful when I think of them and how much we loved each other.
That almost made it easier to be an interim minister, always knowing everything was temporary, loving, but not growing attached, or expecting people to be particularly attached to me.
So this is unaccustomed. And I find I like it.
And although a church is not a building, here's a picture of the sanctuary where we gather.