When this word came to me for a post, I originally intended to re-read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  Community is central to Christian faith.  Without life with our brothers and sisters, our faith is dead.

So what changed.  I decided instead to relate the story of our community in action.  Last night our congregation held it’s annual chili cook off for fund raising.  What began as a small gathering fours years ago has grown into building capacity success.  The first winner of the chili cook off was a NYC firefighter, Jim Ryan.  Jim unfortunately succombed to cancer.  Since then the chili cook off has been renamed in his honor.  Some thirty of his fire fighting family show up to compete in our cook off (and win).  Much laughter and good memories are shared.  Jim’s family enjoy keeping his memory alive.

In addition to keeping the traditional definition alive, we also now the value of the fellowship of our community.

We remember you Jim

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