Monday, December 07, 2009

love is our work

Workshop or conference. Was there a conference or workshop you attended that was especially beneficial? Where was it? What did you learn?

In March, I got to spend a weekend with the incredibly honest people of Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. It was a course put on by the New Monastics and Schools for Conversion. Billed as "Intro to Christianity as a Way of Life," the workshop was essentially living with the community for a few days and getting a tiny taste of what life in intentional Christian community is like. Koinonia has a long history - Clarence Jordan of the "Cottonpatch Gospel" founded the place, they have ties to Habitat for Humanity, were involved in race riots, peace protests, and eventually dwindled down to nothing. The people who live there together now are intent upon making their life together their first priority, letting their work for justice and peace spring forth from their efforts to live together as a "demonstration plot" for the Kingdom of God. And they are incredibly honest about what hard work that is - to see the same people every day, to work and pray and live in such close quarters that even when you are completely fed up with someone you know you have to make it right in order to be able to live the next day beside them. "Love is our work," they told us. And they meant it.

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