Dialogue on Essence of Community

Dialogue on Essence of Community

            from the Twin Cities (Minneapolis) western regional dialogue this morning, October 3rd, 2012… What is the essence of community – the deepest meaning of the word as we use it? …Community is a deep sense of continuance… a feeling of belonging.  …This sense includes the past, present and future. …It is a sacred connection to others. …It is ‘Spirit’ … characterized by Love. For example, the most elemental community is a married couple or a deep friendship. How is community formed? What creates it? How does it manifest? …Community is formed through tribal story telling, through rituals, through shared traditions. Study the Celts in the fourth and fifth century… …We form communities through the stories we tell, and the shared experiences we create. Communities may begin as people living or working in proximity to each other. Real communities include many ways to connect, to step into conversation, contribution and collaboration. …Look at the wolf-pack. This has many aspects of community. It’s survival mode, there are rules, there is required commitment “watch my back, I got your back”; there is love, there is responsibility, common interest, time for work and time for play, there is unity, there is structure, there is order. Break the rules and you are punished; there’s going to be a fight and at the end of it someone is going to be killed or exiled. It’s a brutal form of a community. How do you recognize when ‘Community‘ is present in a group? Or when it is not? The story I tell myself about who I am in relationship to...
Life Systems in Community

Life Systems in Community

A taste of things to come: Life Systems in Community. (Series three in the Stewardship Dialogue)   In the first series of conversations, we introduced each system in the basic Life Systems Model. In the second series, we explored the process of developing each of these systems into a fully-fledged ‘Human Internetwork’ (human internet).   Now, in this third series, we will use the Life Systems Model as a lens through which to explore the concept, structures, and processes of what we commonly refer to as ‘Community‘. We deliberately will not define the term, as the depth of that definition will have room to emerge in our dialogue together.   ~ Erl and Christy Morrell-Stinson Introduction, Series Three, Stewardship Dialogue handout, October 2012 The three conversations published so far are: The Essence of Community Authenticity in Community Stewardship in Community Look for blog posts sharing the highlights from these...