"Let's get together" is the theme of the current catapult magazine. Following is my contribution.
As a child, community was defined first by family, then my parents’
circle of friends. Over the years there was a strong sense of community
in our post-WWII suburban neighborhood.
Eventually, friends became my community of choice as school became the
focus of my time. Church was layered in there somewhere.
The word and idea of community is having a trendy run these days.
Trying to identify true community might be akin to clarifying the line
between friends and acquaintances. We commonly call almost anyone we
have an ongoing relationship with a friend. I think it would be more
accurate to realize most of us have many acquaintances and some friends.
In a similar way we can call any group of people we have connections
with a community — or better yet “our” community. I think our definition
of community may be weak or we may be fooling ourselves in evaluation.
Simply put, I question how many of us actually experience community on a
level that changes and sustains us.
follow this link for the rest of the piece: https://www.catapultmagazine.com/let-s-get-together-11/article/nurturing-community