Continuing our discussion on Community…

Continuing our discussion on Community…

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:

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  1. Fred Jones July 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I have a slight problem with HNs definition “community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own”. I think often people join community only because of what they can get out of it. When someone else has a need they become unable to do anything. I think NY HEC needs to be careful about this. It would be easy to become a fun group of friends rather than a group of people that “make the interests of others more important than our own”. Example, on a HEC weekend the ratio of disabled to able bodied is close to 1:1 . Now with Covid doing everything online not so much. Of course there are a lot of good reasons but we are HECers so we can do something about it,right?

  2. Angela Cozzi July 29, 2020 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Agree w/Fred and have a suggestion. We are always invited to bring new people (especially young and strong) on the weekends. Why toot ask someone to join one of our new discussion groups
    As to the other questions, belong to 1 group offering various cultural, exercise, opportunities/activities for the over 60 crowd. Was planning to attend more in my retirement but then Covid hit and SPRYE had to shut down, There are still some activities n line but the human interaction (socialization) isn’t there. SPRYE continues to keep us informed of the new phase openings, etc. Think we are all wanting more socialization but it will be a slow, gradual thing.
    Have a weekly Zoom meeting w/my sisters, cousin Tom’s wife and his god-daughter. It’s been a real comfort to me and helps w/the grieving.
    Have reconnected w/a college classmate.with whom I lost touch for a few years. Also call some former co-workers to check-in.
    Hopefully this “new” normal will stick w/eople that person-to-person communication is so important–not texts and emails.

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