Community Building

Something I read a few weeks ago in the notes of the General Assembly of Occupy Duluth keeps coming to mind:

“A good productive meeting on a perfect evening in the courtyard. We were informal and relaxed, friends among friends. I find it astounding that only five months ago I didn’t know any of them. (Well ok I knew Kathy………) Now we have worked together, shared food and water and living space, had discussions and disagreements, worked through it and found ways to move forward. This is great. I am amazed and delighted to find myself in a group of people who can agree to disagree and yet continue to move forward on common goals.”

When I read the notes of the General Assembly and their Really Really Free Market (last Saturday of the month from 11am to 3pm), I reflect on Pope John Paul II‘s early writing on the “law of gift” – that God built our human nature so that we are fulfilled in seeing and caring for the needs of another, not our own.

Outside the Paul Robeson Ballroom, Duluth, Minnesota

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