any common themes?

I have been having further thoughts today on the rhythm of life stuff. I’m currently looking at the words that everyone has written to see if I can identify any common themes that see to be coming out. I am sensitive about doing this because I don’t wish my slant to influence how we go and I intend to ship out ll the words to the community to see what common themes they see – it’s just I wanted to see that there were some before doing so. There’s nothing like setting an impossible task to to wreck something that seems to be starting to develop quite well.

I’m sending these out in an email to people connected with the community – but I’d be interested in hearing what common themes readers of this blog see in the words and ideas written below i response to ‘what should church /christian community include?’:

common sense
authentic
questions
freedom to express thoughts/feeling
mission
sharing
family
music
prayer
accountability
people
reflection
quiet
songs of praise
light
fun stuff
incense
mystery
knowing to be on a journey is ok
relationships
social action
worship
eucharist/communion
bible
sensory/stimulation
godly play
craft/creativity
acceptance
listen
understanding own limits
food
social things

it’s a long list!
what, if any, common themes do you see?

3 thoughts on “any common themes?

  1. Definitely common sense, especially as with current issues, common sense is lacking amongst the hierarchy, freedom to express thoughts/feelings (this can be linked to my first point), family, music, prayer, mission, sharing, people, reflection, quiet, songs of praise, INCENSE :-D, worship, EUCHARIST/COMMUNION šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ :-D, bible, social things.

  2. A common theme that the list suggests to me is people seeking a closeness with other people. They don't just want to hang out with others but talk of family, relationships, acceptance, sharing, accountability. They talk of achieving validation for themselves from others by knowing that it is ok to be on a journey. They want to be able to ask questions and for others to listen. They want to be able to express their thoughts and feelings.

  3. All of this sounds like 'being normal'…which is maybe why sometimes some of us feel that church is like a different planet where we can't be…Keep going…you are inspiring!

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