Friday, April 17, 2009

Faith Sharing, Learning, Love, and Friends

Not necessarily in that order, either. I'm musing that's all. One of the comments on the evaluations from the parish's Arise program expressed a desire for more "education" for adults. And! They said that although they enjoyed their group, they weren't going to sign up for the next session because they wanted something more educational.
IOW, he's outgrown the group.
IOW, Arise is fluff. He's looking for meat and potatoes.
IOW, Arise isn't worth any more of his time.
IOW, He wants better.
What is wrong with "faith sharing?"
It's not study.
It's not psycotherapy.
It doesn't pretend to be anything except developing community by sharing. What is so wrong with just that? Isn't developing community important? Isn't love and friendship important? You bet. Elie Wiesel once said, "Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession. Friendship is never anything but sharing.
And I say, "faith sharing" includes both community and friendship. The love of both is important enough to commit oneself to. It's not less than Bible Study or any other "educational" endeavor. It's its own entity, seperate, and even perhaps equal.

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