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In Search of Community

By: Darlene Hutto
March 20, 2014

As I continue to work with young leaders exploring their vocation and call, my hope is that they remember to also “tend to one’s own soul” on their journey. In times of thirst and desolation, we can create the spaces and opportunities that speak to us and give us life.

I received a profound word of inspiration from a colleague. After reflecting on my desire to find home in a church community given a recent disconnect, my colleague offered these words: “Remember the importance of tending to one’s own soul. We must never stop.”

In that moment I realized I must do my own work of ritual and practice that will quench my thirst in these dry places of the soul. I needed to open my heart to receive the community space that I hungered and longed for.

After that realization, I started seeing and hearing about communities that began out of the same feelings of restlessness. The catalyst of this new wave of opportunity came to me as an invitation to my first womanist circle and a healing circle thereafter. These gatherings made me aware of what it means to be held with care, to be affirmed and to simply be beyond mere existence. These spaces revealed that community is all around us waiting to be formed among unsuspecting strangers and that we have access to the resources our souls desire.

A community is a place that we can be held, loved, nurtured and cared for among friends and strangers and more importantly, it is the acceptance that we are all on similar journeys and together we aspire to make it to that place of certainty. I have no idea what or where my future worshipping community might be, but now I can take ownership for the care and nurture my soul longs for in the communities that are before me.

As I continue to work with young leaders exploring their vocation and call, my hope is that they remember to also “tend to one’s own soul” on their journey. In times of thirst and desolation, we can create the spaces and opportunities that speak to us and give us life.

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