There is synergy to gathering groups-an attraction that occurs when the “call” is clear…..Synergy is defined as the interaction of elements that combine to produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of individual elements. (From Christina Baldwin’s Calling the Circle)
The call to create interfaith/multifaith community that does community differently is clear. The details are ever unfolding. Christina Baldwin envisioned an organization structure using circles for framework for organizing small groups and communities to framing up grass roots movements and doing project management in corporations. It is not a new model. The Quakers have been doing this in religious and community life. There is even a method/term called sociocracy that talks about circle organizing principles in a very systematized way.
I believe this is a countercultural way of being in the world and what is needed for us to turn away from our destructive, competitive behaviors. There is really no more zero sum anything. Looking at things in such a way that you win if I lose, either/or just isn’t working and there is a call to be in relationship and order our lives differently so that we are nourished and we therefore nourish and steward the world.
The call for interfaith/multifaith community is present not as an alternative to what is. It is an invitation to create synergy for collaboration and shared experience. It is present for recognizing that spirit is infused in all things. Authenticity of spiritual experience and experience of Holy is available to all. Mind isn’t necessarily yours and yours isn’t necessarily mine. Interfaith/multifaith is an invitation to shared experience for mutual understanding.
UBUNTU-I am not me, unless you are you. Your being gives me context as myself. When you are you and I am me, there is a we. I don’t wish to negate who you are, I want to understand it. It will help be understand who I am, perhaps by understanding what I am not. The question and fire in the belly of the Abbey of HOPE, is how we do WE. Please add your ideas and help us in creation of our synergy!
With Great HOPE