nouwen on community

February 2, 2007

I read Henri Nouwen’s Can You Drink the Cup? for a class I have this weekend. It’s a short and easy book, but stunning in it’s content.

I did a lot of underlining, but one simple little phrase jumped out for me:

That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.

One of the things we’ve wrestled with at Pathways is that it seems like community and mission can live in tension with each other. How can we balance the care for one another in the community with a receptiveness to those who aren’t a part of the Pathways community? I think Nouwen wipes that tension away here. Any understanding of community that does not include a sense of the mission of making God visible to others is incomplete.

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