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Where Do You Find Community?

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A number of people find community in their church or denomination. Others may find it in a sports club or membership of a society such as the Freemasons. Some possibly find it in extended family whilst others may find it serving and helping total strangers.

 

I think I find it partly through my work as I work pretty closely with about 150 others, but I also find it in my broad circle of friends made up of other parents, ex-colleagues, and friends from a number of experiences throughout life. To some degree I even feel community here, for me.

 

Where do you experience community?

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Church. Lots of community experiences, but spiritual community is unique.

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This trip is reminding me that home and community is where we are. When open to the present moment, I feel I am one with people in a group consciousness call it what you will. No age gap, National, religious or sexual differences just a lot of smiles, learning and growing.

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It's kind of strange to me, but I find community among those who don't believe, do not know what they, or simply don't give much thought to it than I do among "believers." I spend a lot of time in the local activist and socialist community and so many folks have questions about my background having come out of a hyper-conservative religious and political to now being on the extreme left. It's kind of funny to me. I belong to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and after our meets or actions, the young folks always invite me to have drinks after with them. Then they start asking me all kinds of questions for the next couple hours. These same young folks keep encouraging me to lead a local "Religion and Socialism" group for our DSA chapter. Sorry for the long commentary it just truly surprises and blesses me! Secondly, I find it with my fellow activist/social justice community members many of who happen to be atheists.

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It's kind of strange to me, but I find community among those who don't believe, do not know what they, or simply don't give much thought to it than I do among "believers." I spend a lot of time in the local activist and socialist community and so many folks have questions about my background having come out of a hyper-conservative religious and political to now being on the extreme left. It's kind of funny to me. I belong to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and after our meets or actions, the young folks always invite me to have drinks after with them. Then they start asking me all kinds of questions for the next couple hours. These same young folks keep encouraging me to lead a local "Religion and Socialism" group for our DSA chapter. Sorry for the long commentary it just truly surprises and blesses me! Secondly, I find it with my fellow activist/social justice community members many of who happen to be atheists.

 

I don't find that strange at all TomAllyn. There is something special about people who don't claim to have all the answers and who are open to thinking outside of the box they may have otherwise cornered themselves in.

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Community is where I am. Home alone, or home with partner, or home with extended family, or at the Oxfam shop and those who call in, and the people I visit as a "befriender". Each moment is unique.

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Wish i could say wherever i am or always but i find the experience of community most prevalent when i am associating with others of like interest or hobbies such as golf, cigar club activities, eating out with friends, spending time working with or helping neighbors, birthday parties/social events, watching movies with friends, biweekly nickle/dime/quarter poker games and participating on this forum.

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