Need for community

November 11, 2013 in Featured Question of the Week, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers, Suicide Season by Albert Kirk

Perhaps suicide is the cuckoo in the coal mine. It tells us that the air we are breathing has become poisonous. What has created the toxins? (1) Certainly the economic stress under which many people live. But also (2) the lack of a “neighborhood.” We move at such a fast pace that we no longer know (and therefore have a hard time caring about) one another. (3) As a society we remove ourselves more and more from the hope and sense of direction that membership in a faith community brings. How should the faith community respond? We wrap our arms more securely around those with whom we live, work and worship. We cast a wide net, inviting others to share in these concentric communities. We lobby for work-with-living-wage, for support for those with disabilities or illness or lack of qualifications. We say in every possible way that each person is God’s precious creation and that we have their back.