Why is community important?
Written by Rev. Elizabeth Moseley
“I am a rock. I am an island. And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.” - Paul Simon
If only Mr. Simon was correct, things might be a lot easier. But, with all due respect to a great poet and musician, no one is an island, disconnected from and independent of others.
- We all need contact, support, and relationships.
- We all need to be known—not only when we feel pain, but also when we experience joy.
- We all need someone to be with us when we cry, and someone to be there to laugh with us, as well.
We call that community. And we all need it.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” - Matthew 18:20
As followers of Christ, we believe that God is with us when we are in community—when we are with each other in authentic and meaningful ways. We need such community to help us develop as human beings, into spiritual awareness and mature relationships with God. We need communities that let us be ourselves as well as challenge us to grow and learn and change.
The good news is that community like that doesn’t require being physically next to one another. We believe it can be found among people who might be far apart, but who can discuss questions of faith and God, who can listen and be listened to, who can pray for and be prayed for.
It’s important that we are with people who will remind us of where we want to go spiritually and who can also help us get there. People in whom we can see Christ and who can help us encounter Christ in ourselves. And it doesn’t matter where you are located, just that you are willing to log in.
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