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Create Stable Communities

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

Glory

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

When I am with a group of human beings committed to hanging in there through both the agony and the joy of community, I have a dim sense that I am participating in a phenomenon for which there is only one word….”glory.”    — M. Scott Peck

The Warmth of Community

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to…the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility…and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.” —Robert F. Kennedy

Caring for Each Other — an oldie but goodie

This month I have decided to bring back an old post from 2017.  This is still timely today.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

I have been blessed to have experience several wonderful examples of community throughout my life so far.  I grew up in a church that was a close, loving “church family.”  We cared for each other, prayed for each other and helped out in tangible ways when needed.  I did not realize at the time how much work it took to build and maintain such community until a new pastor came and it was quickly destroyed.

In college I was a part of small group of students and faculty who were the “spiritual core” of our campus community.  That group provided a place for me as a student who didn’t fit in other areas of campus life.

I have also experienced community in “outsider” groups.  People who are often overlooked, ignored or excluded by the rest of society.  There is much to be learned from the way these groups come together to take care of each other.

Since I have experienced community I feel lost when it does not exist.  I have tried to find it and have had hopes that I had found it, only to be disappointed.  I’m not sure there are many people left who understand the concept of community or know how to build or live in it.

But one thing I know for sure, is that creating a sense of community where we care for and support each other is something that we desperately need right now.  In fact, I believe it is the only thing that can heal the wounds created by the last election here in the U.S. and that continue to be created.  As the new regime continues to force harmful policies on our country, people are going to be harmed.  People are facing the possibility of losing not only their insurance coverage, but their access to medical care at all.  Right now, people are afraid of being forced from the country they have come to love and call home because of their ethnic or religious heritage, even if they are citizens.  People are being attacked because they are Muslim, or even “look” Muslim.  Jobs are at risk. Families are at risk of being torn apart.

Who is going to help pick up the pieces?  I believe there are good, kind-hearted people out there who will respond to these needs, either out of their spiritual practices or because it is just the right, moral and ethical thing to do.

I have been struggling with what to do in the aftermath of the election.  Until recently the only thing I really felt “called” to do was pray including joining online prayer and meditation gatherings for specific causes.  We attended an Indivisible meeting in our community, but their strategies just don’t feel right for me to implement.  Then while driving into the Walmart parking lot I encountered human need first hand — a family including three young children, not from an Islamic nation, but who could have been mistakenly labeled as such holding a sign saying “lost job, please help.”  In the part of the country where I live this left me a bit shaken to say the least.

I felt fear for this family, but it also left me with a clear focus on what I am to do.  I am to help pick up the pieces of human lives damaged by nationalistic policies as I am able and the need arises.  I am open to what that might mean in terms of action, and I am trusting Spirit to guide me.  In this specific instance after a brief talk with the mother, I went back to Walmart and bought a gift card wishing I could do more.

It’s wake up time folks!  If this country is to survive we have to stop blaming people we see as not the right color, nationality, religion or who have not realized our idea of the American dream in terms of wealth.  It is time to start protecting the vulnerable, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and mourning with those who mourn.

In short, it’s time to be more Christ-like.

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the wold.  For I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these you did for me.

Matthew 25:34-40 — New International Version.

Differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” ― Gene Roddenberry

You can make the impossible possible

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and its grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible.” — John Lewis
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We must become bigger than we have been

Cloudy Sunrise #1
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.” —  Haile Selassie
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The Need for Connection and Community

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” —Dean Ornish
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The Key to the Happy Life

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

‘We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.” — Paul Bloom
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