January 22 - February 26, 2017.
What is community? What does it provide to us, and how do we create it? Various aspects of community will be explored in this series.
Community — like Journey, like others we all are part of, are nurtured by, help to lead, help serve in — has many components when it is healthy. Perhaps the most important, to begin, is a sense of safety. We're going to decorate our place to look like a safe place to rest amidst a world at war. If you can bring stuff to help it look M*A*S*H-ish and you can get there a little early on Sunday, please do.
Our base camp started with safety, and is followed by welcoming and accepting people as they are. Welcoming people as they are gives them guidance about that particular base camp’s norms/mores, which aren’t about exclusion, but about welcoming and integrating folks into a cohesive, supportive, loving community. While Rick is away at the men’s retreat, Susan Cottrell will tell us about her work to help Christians better understand LGBTQIA issues and to create acceptance amidst all the hatred and condemnation that’s out there.
Our examination of Base Camp continues with the ideas of teaching, learning, awakening. As we travel down our paths through the woods and the wild, we need the training that base camp can provide, as well as all the maps and signs we can get. We learn from our community so that we can do this following Jesus thing together.
Sometimes the Base Camp exists to provide training and equipment (that was last Sunday); sometimes the Base Camp is water in the desert:
~ We come and drink.
~ We rest and are renewed.
~ We become keepers of the oasis —
~ Or we carry water with us for others.
Mountains are a place of beauty and danger. They require attention in order to be scaled and known. Spiritual disciplines are like that. Personal growth is like that. Let's experience some awareness around that this Sunday.
We're going to leave Base Camp because Jesus welcomes and cares for and teaches us — but then he sends us out to do that same work for the world around us. Let's be in that together.