who’s your community?

A lawyer asked Jesus “who is my neighbor?” Jesus responded with the story of the good Samaritan – a man (from a culture despised by the Jews) who helped a robbery victim, after a priest and a wealthy man had avoided the victim. That’s one of the important things our religious communities do – help those who need it, either inside our outside our own communities.

When a singer or musician comes to rehearsal with a heavy heart – over a lost job, a death in the family, an impending divorce – they have a caring community waiting for them. We don’t just minister to the congregation with our music, we minister to each other, as well.

This is a repost from Tyson Danner on the UU Musician’s Network discussion group. It’s an excellent point, and a growth opportunity for any religious congregation. To paraphrase an observation from a few years back: “How many of your Facebook ‘friends’ are going to take you to the hospital, clean your house while you’re there, comfort you when you get home?”

If you do have FB friends like that, those are the ones who are your real friends. And who needs FB for that?

Well spotted, Tyson!

With the recent discussion of contemporary protest music on the list, I thought many of you might be interested in this article I came across this morning.

A quote from the piece (emphasis mine):

“People concerned about the issues that have always troubled us are more likely to turn to Facebook to find a like-minded community than to sing songs in the streets, the way we did in the 1960’s,” he says. “There are plenty of protest songs out there, but they just aren’t part of the cultural mainstream any more. Radio doesn’t play them, and people don’t seem to do things together, as a community. We’re all connected individually to some kind of device, working alone, amusing ourselves alone, enlightening ourselves alone.

Let’s make our sanctuaries and meeting halls islands of community in that sea of alone-ness.


Tyson Danner
Acting Music Director (Interim),
4th Universalist Society, New York, NY

About liberalreligiongetsloud

Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM
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3 Responses to who’s your community?

  1. nagoonberry says:

    For me, Facebook has created and strengthened connections to fellow church members in the real world, making it much more likely that I would turn to them for help–or be asked for help.

  2. There are Facebook friends and there are friends on Facebook. I read this note as I was preparing for a memorial service announced there.

  3. Yep, if it strengthens your community, it’s a good tool. If it displaces or pretends to be a real community, it’s a bad tool. IMO.

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