The World Together blog : North America
When I hear about movements like New Monasticism and the Parish Collective, they sound very much like forming Christian community to me.
The news is bad today. But then the news is so very often bad.
Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. — Rumi
The question caught me off guard: “What church did you say you belong to?”
Brooke Natalie Blough
As a white woman who somewhat recently moved into an area that is considered to be “gentrifying,” I try to be acutely aware of my impact on my community. Dannette Lambert’s article on “how not to be a gentrifier” was exactly what I needed. I absolutely love my neighborhood and its diversity, so a practical guide on being a positive force in your community for everyone gave me so much to think about and put in action.
Jesus once told this (very paraphrased!) parable to modern day Mennonites:
Rachel Held Evans sent out a Tweet Jan. 24 that said: “Nearly every blogger I know is burned out right now. Why do you think this is?”
The nightly question — “hold, or fold?” — is asked of our 3-year-old daughter as the final chaotic moments of dinner prep and table setting end and we scoot our seats to the table for dinner. This particular night she wipes her hair out of her eyes and clasps her hands together as she resolutely declares: “Fold!”
When I was grade-school age, I went to church every Sunday and sat in the second row from the front. My parents sang in the choir during the service and so I was expected to sit quietly and listen to the music, prayers and sermon. My friend Steven sat next to me and together we endured that dreadfully long hour. When the service ended, Steven and I were more than ready to dash out of the building using a door up front. As children will do, we fought over the aisle seat so one of us could be the actual first person to leave.