Exploring community again…Weeks ago, we came up with the fact that communities form around, among other things, commonly held values and beliefs. Conversely, we admitted that it can be hard to continue to be in community with those who hold very different beliefs.
But where is the line? Do we need to agree on everything just to engage with each other? Does it swirl around religious belief? Political leanings? Where you like jelly or jam? Beer or soft drinks? Or does it just require a certain minimum level of trust in the other person, and not so much what they believe?
We know it can be hard to be in community with those we disagree with. But God (and common decency) calls us to do just that. And intuitively we know this leads to a fuller life and deeper understanding of what it means to be human in the world. The Episcopal church is an example of Christians living and worshiping together accepting differences and striving toward godliness.
This week, we will try to clarify what it means to each of us to commune respectfully and acknowledge that we hold different values and beliefs. It’s another tall order, and we’d love to see you there.
Oh, and because you love to read…here’s an article on the lost art of conversation…Enjoy.