Life is always personal, but never private....
... Even monastic communities and their members have an appreciative understanding of communal identity and cooperative practice, as foundational components within their cloistered experience.
The personal nature of an earnestly spiritual life requires that such a life is lived in community, for the sake of a balanced and centered experience. Community guards against isolation. Community tempers personal relativism. Community fosters authentic and holy humility. A sense of belonging in community engages hopefulness.
Practicing faith and spirituality in a community to which one is committed offers the individual tremendous gifts and possibilities. Not the least of such is a wider pathway leading to renewal and transformation.
If you are not currently involved in any community spiritual practice, consider where you might engage in one of the practices linked on this page to the left, and with whom.
choices: build a team or take the credit
communal wisdom & holy leadership
congregational faith formation through spiritual practice
daily bearings (community mindfulness)
global oneness: interconnectedness
practicing our faith: shaping communities
restoring life's balance thru soil & friends
seven ways pastors can nurture congregational spiritual growth
share your garden harvest with those in need
vital congregations as intentional communities of practice
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