When I look at the various ways in which people connect and the many online opportunities it signals to me that we continue to desire and seek after community. Of course, community means different things to different people. For many, unless there are relationships within the particular grouping that embrace more than surface realities in each others' lives and in the world, there is no community. For some, it is any kind of connection within a demarcated area. We could go on. What is clear, is that the absence of community leads to a stifling of personhood since we were created to be with others. It is a necessary part of how we come to know ourselves and how we grow. Maria Harris in Fashion Me a People puts it this way: "We are only fully persons when we are in community" (Harris 1989, 29). She is saying that it is solely as we are in meaningful relationship with our fellow human beings that we completely come into ourselves. We do need each other and we need to relate to each other in ways that are genuine and life-giving.
How are you providing opportunities for genuine and life-giving relationships in your student ministry?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor