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Community: The Divine's Design for Growth

Community is about growing with others. It's all about a connection, feeling accepted for who you are and feeling supported.

The month of July supports this concept as the architype or totem is the Sheep. The sheep is the embodiment of God's people and an emblem of peaceful co-existence with the ability to follow guidance from mentors and to establish community.

The Sheep's mantra is "For the Good of Other's." A true community seeks this mantra. Unfortunately, all to often, this is easily forgotten as many communities are built around like-mindedness. One should bare in mind there is a place for everyone, something for everybody. The sheep reminds us to be kind even to those who demean.

It can be easy to get caught up in fanatical solidarity. However, this only creates a disconnect from what is seemingly "other." We as humans crave and require interaction with others. More than anything we need love, understanding, and respect. We can provide that for ourselves but no one is an island. To quote John Donne: " No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." The end goal should be uniting with others, as this leads back to creation. We cannot survive alone.

The word community is derived from the Latin word "communitas." It is to commune or to experience heightened receptivity. When we come together, we can achieve so much more than we can independently. Forming communities makes this world a more stable, hopeful and peaceful place.

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