Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Is there a relationship between the Trinity as community and church as community? If so, what is the basis of that relationship?

Here's my current thinking in bullet form:
The paper is due Nov 8 (yikes!), so I'll have more after that. For now, questions, critiques, and ponderings are quite welcome.

UPDATE: 110106 additional points added; 110206 edits and still more.

NOTE: This is a rumination ("1. The act of pondering; meditation. 2. The act or process of chewing cud." American Heritage Dictionary) in search of synergy ("1. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.")


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  1. Recently came across an interesting quote on 'community':

    "Community is not a commodity; it emerges from common struggle for integrity, shared commitment to justice, joint covenants to work for wholeness and mutual respect. It is created when we step forward to serve, to right wrongs, to heal hurts.

    "Community is a collision of egos, a furnace for welding steel-hard opinions, a crucible for melting the hard ores of self-interest into common goals. It offers the pain of not getting our own way, the promise of finding a third way together.

    "In true community we do not choose our companions, we recieve them as gift; we cannot sort, select and assemble our kind of people, they come to us by grace. Likeness eliminates challenge; uniformity reduces growth; sameness frustrates creativity.

    "Community is not a supra-familial network that fulfills our dreams of familial perfection of solidarity or supportive parental permissiveness; it is a network of fallible individuals and flawed families seeking together to learn how to work through the various issues they carry with them.

    "We might define true community as that place where the person you least want to live with always lives."

    Parker Palmer "A Place Called Community" 1977

  2. I have Parker Palmer's Courage to Teach in my "to be read" pile. Looks like another needs to be added. I skimmed Courage to Teach and was struck by Palmer's wisdom. I am struck once again.

    Thank you for the quote!