To continue our thinking about HEC as an open, welcoming, inclusive community, here is a quote to consider from Henri Nouwen:
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?”
Please take a moment to consider these questions and post a reflection:
1. What groups are you part of outside of HEC? H
2. In light of the pandemic, have you been in touch with an old friend or created a routine to communicate w/family?
3. How can we work to continue community within HEC during this pandemic?
Please take a few minutes to reflect on the above selection and questions and then, post your reflections in the comments section below. Also, if you are interested in online discussion, we will host a ZOOM to discuss this and our earlier selections/questions on community THIS THURSDAY, JULY 30 at 7pm on Zoom. Here is the link:
Meeting ID: 816 8589 6995
If you want to just join by audio, use this One tap mobile number:
Dial +16465588656, then enter the ID: 81685896995#, then enter 0#, and then enter this password: 834044# US (New York).