Friday, May 26, 2006

Nouwen on Community

Len Hjalmarson quotes Henri Nouwen on community:
“The word community has many connotations, some positive, some negative. Community can make us think of a safe togetherness, shared meals, common goals, and joyful celebrations. It also can call forth images of sectarian exclusivity, in-group language, self-satisfied isolation, and romantic naiveté. However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own (see Philippians 2:4). The question, therefore, is not “How can we make community?” but “How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?” Henri Nouwen: Bread for the Journey

The Henri Nouwen society includes the opportunity to subscribe to a weekly reflection or even a daily meditation. The quote above is from their daily meditation. They are also offering a blog which discusses his writings.

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