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Guerilla Tribe

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Written by Basil on 09/5/2006 6:10 AM. Filed under:

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The Orthodox guerilla, Sampson, returns with a story about community:

I think many of us are looking for precisely this. We are not looking for another volunteer opportunity. We are looking for a tribe, a community, a group of people with whom we hold values and a vision of the world in common, with whom we can share, not just work, but cooking and laughter, washing dishes, working in the garden together. We are seeking a sense of belonging, a connectedness that overcomes the isolation that has been imposed upon us by race, by class, by gender, and by a thousand others meaningless distinctions, the ways by which we size up others and say, “like me” or “not like me.”

I think there are many, many people out there who are still looking for their tribe. Some of you have been looking for years.

(Read the rest: Guerilla Orthodoxy: Dinner at the Catholic Worker House.)

Those of you who have frequented this blog before may recognize the Catholic Worker movement as a form of intentional community, which I believe to be a tool that the Church can use profitably in combating the alienation that follows upon Western society’s obsession with individualism.

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2 Responses to “Guerilla Tribe”

  1. James Says:

    I’ve never been in such a community that didn’t require “above and beyond” what God requires, use gossip, fear and shame to enforce these laws and say things like, “We have to manifest reality” in order to make sure people know that punishment is truly from God. Of course that logic can be misused — you stole $20 from Mr. Jones, so in order to manifest reality you have to wear a scarlet T on your chest.” I can imagine living in a subdivision/town community like this, where mini-blind are pulled open when someone dares grill steak during Lent. Gasp! Maybe the neighbors are having sex on a Friday night, and they’re not even wanting to conceive a child.

    I know you’ll say I’m wrong and give me a 10-point treatise on why I’m wrong, and generally a stupid moron. But, it’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

  2. Basil Says:

    If by “such a community” you mean only, “Saint Athanasius Orthodox Church,” as your very, very obvious quote of “manifesting reality” seems to imply, then I propose that you have not been in an intentional community yet. (You may have seen others; if so, I retract my statement.)

    I’m sorry that you’re hurt. You may feel you’ve been burned by my pastor and my dearest friends. Please do not take my sympathy as license to nearly-but-not-quite libel them on my personal website.

    By the way, people who disagree with you and are intelligently able to produce reasons why they disagree with you do not make you “generally a stupid moron” unless you are unwilling to listen to what they have to say.