• Community

    by Published on 02-28-2014 04:36 PM  Number of Views: 922 
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    I was talking to someone about community and in collecting my thoughts around this subject I find it is one of those concepts for which we all have a sense of what it means, but it still defies definition.

    Here is what Wikipedia says;
    “In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

    In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the
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    by Published on 02-28-2013 03:11 PM  Number of Views: 274 
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    Recently I have had numerous conversations with friends, colleagues and family members who are earnestly “looking for community.” When I have inquired more specifically about this —their desire, their search-- people often find it challenging to describe exactly what they are seeking. Some of the responses have been:

    “I want a place where all of who I am is truly welcomed.”

    “I want my partner to feel at home there too.”

    “I don’t want to be guilt-tripped about how I’m not doing enough.”

    “I don’t want to have to choose allegiances in order to belong.”

    My experience and training as a therapist reminds me that we bring all of our disillusionment, wounding and idealism to the search for community: times when we felt alienated, ...