Group photo from the Call to Conversation in Winston Salem, NC on August 16, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Winston-Salem, NC on August 16, 2018 to discuss Community.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Community is something we all have greatly valued over the course of our lives.
  • Community is often –
    • Being known, loved, accepted, included, valued, supported, encouraged
    • Done together with “one’s people” which may be defined by whatever commonality has brought you together
    • Entered when invited, during crisis, via geography
    • Enhanced by technology, yet technology can also be a prohibitor
  • Community can be messy (ex. the Disciples) – “If you are not engaging on a deep enough level and getting messy, then it is not authentic.”
  • This discussion on Community sparked in us the desire to –
    • Intentionally invite and include others
    • Make time to be part of community
    • Broaden the definition of community and take advantage of small communities (ex. Work spaces)
    • Be more present with people and with God
    • Expect the mess when being present and be conscious to not have to be “comfortable”