Highlights from the Chapter
When my wife and I moved to Brooklyn, we wanted to quickly and purposefully make this place feel like home and so we joined as many neighborhood institutions as we could [and that we could afford]. We got library cards and became regulars at playgrounds and coffee shops so we could purposefully rub shoulders with, listen to and get to know people in our community. But by far the best and most fascinating way we did this, was through joining the food co-op. The co-op is the thing of legends [some of which are true], for instance HERE and HERE
What this is done for us, beyond the drama and saving tons of money on groceries, is helped us get to know a beautiful cross-section of our city. One of the other amazing results has been the overlapping relationships we have formed as member of the co-op have also become friends from church, parents of our children's friends at school and people with common concerns about the community that we sit beside at meetings and gatherings.
Communities have gathering places like this, whether a co-op, a coffee shop or a library like my friend Tim recently discovered and described. These places provide us with opportunities to move beyond simply being in the neighborhood toward participating with and attaching names and stories to the faces we see around us every day. Joining and participating in these gatherings and just showing up, week after week, month after month, helps stabilize our lives in a place but also creates the space for building relationships with the plethora of people that make up our community.
So in moving beyond thinking toward taking steps...
- What median [gathering] spaces can you and your family [or roommates] be faithfully present in? How will you make faithful presence a discipline?
- What hobbies and passions could move you into participating more in the neighborhood?
- Starting April 9th, Thrive Collective is providing churches, organizations and individuals the opportunity to support a local school [PS 124] through a mural project
The comments section is a great place to share stories of what you are doing, struggling through and trying as we all learn together to love where God has us.