Our Meeeting has had a number of attempts to form closer community feeling in more or less smaller group settings, for instance "Food and Friends" in which designated groups met once a month to share a meal, whether potluck in a home or going together to a restaurant of different types. Participation in that particular effort seemed to be good and it was enjoyed for a season, then tailed off and died. This seems to be a regular event. The one program of this nature that seems to continue working is our Wednesday night "Simple Meal" before the various bible study groups, and even there it is sometimes difficult to fill the preparation duties with volunteers. I have been wondering about the possibility of shared interest groups and whether there might be a more organic sense of community if there were loosely organized interest groups. I have been thinking about gardening as one, and have started sharing extra plants started for my own garden and talking about gardening in breaks and informal gatherings and the like. I'm sort of casting off from shore here with no real idea of direction. Maybe looking for models, or ideas or whatever.
In His Love,