Community refers to a group of people joined by common experiences. Fellowship occurs between people who share a common goal or understanding through providing mutual support and enjoyment of one another’s company. These terms have sometimes been used in strict contexts within religious and spiritual settings, but their use has expanded and overlapped to include all sorts of groupings. Though they take care, energy, and intention to build and maintain, fellowship and community provide important opportunities to satisfy the need to belong and be accepted, and for us to practice welcoming and accepting others in turn.
How do churches build immunity from racial and ethnic tensions that threaten to divide rather than unite congregations? Jacqui Lewis and John Janka believe that the answer lies in the development of multiracial, multicultural communities of faith.
We are in the midst of an epidemic of loneliness. Though modern technology purports to “connect” us like never before, we live increasingly isolated and insulated lives, painfully disconnected from each other, from our values, and from ourselves.
As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? john a.