What Makes A Spiritual Community?

Our first Spiritual Salon series kicked off in January with a question: What makes a spiritual community? From there we shared what we felt was missing in the NYC spiritual scene, what we missed from our various religious upbringings as well as what we'd want to do differently if we were creating a spiritual community from scratch.

In a nutshell, here's what we came up with:

A SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY : Notes from our January Salon

1. SUPPORT

  • Approach:
    • Members feel “seen” (sense of belonging)
    • Action orientated
    • Regularity/consistency/familiarity
    • Guidance without pressure

2. EDUCATION

  • Approach:

    • Show not tell
    • Lessons from stories (i.e. parables)
    • Open-Minded/curiosity/encourages questioning
    • Cultivating wisdom
    • Provide a moral compass via self-awareness (not dogma)

3. CONNECTION TO EACH OTHER

  • Approach:

    • Cross generational
    • True diversity (not just lip service)
    • Organic/Living organism
    • Utilizing the congregation
    • Common language
    • Deeper Conversations

4. CONNECTION TO SACREDNESS

  • Approach:
    • RITUALS [sense of sacredness]
      • Organic but also representative
      • Rooted in meaning
      • Celebration of life cycles
      • At least monthly

5. SPIRITUAL SAFETY

  • Approach:
    • Commitment
    • Respect

OVERALL ROLE OF A SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY:

  • A community that is useful

  • A community that cultivates hope

  • A community that inspires transformation