Faith and Community, by Cathryn Conroy

My faith is grounded in community--so much so that I wonder how sustainable my faith would be in solitude.

No community...no faith? Interesting question.

Some of it is basic. I come to St. Anne's on Sunday, take communion and leave fulfilled.

Some of it is friendship. I come to St. Anne's on Sunday, embrace others, become a part of their lives and leave fulfilled.

Some of it is sharing. I come to St. Anne's on Sundays and find a place where I can share my life and receive others who trust in me enough to share their lives with me.

Some of it is inspiration. I come to St. Anne's on Sundays and am filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to go out into the world. Sometimes to make a real difference. But usually just to pray harder, believe more, love greater.

Some of it is divine. I pray the Daily Office in solitude in the morning and evening. I view it this way, as described by Robert Benson in the book "In Constant Prayer": "To pray the office is to anchor your life of prayer somewhere between the daily and the divine."

And it comes full circle back to community. As I pray the Daily Office in solitude in my home, I know that I am not alone. There is an entire community of people around the world, who are also praying the same Daily Office. We pray it together. In community. So when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them.

And then I go back to St. Anne's on Sunday. A full circle.

 

--Cathryn Conroy

St. Anne's Now on Tumblr!

In the Parish Communications Survey many people asked about having access to photos of events or other gatherings and happenings of our faith community. The difficulty here is two-fold - our “official” photographer is a volunteer and is not able to make all events and is unable to always get us pictures immediately following an event. We also don’t have the staff to continually update our website with new photos. HOWEVER, we are working on a solution that will EMPOWER each of you to share the memories of our life in community. We also hope that it will become a way for us to interact more closely with each other outside of our events and worship.

We have set up a Tumblr Blog which can be accessed from our Website (just click the [ t ] in the grey box in the  navigation menu) or by going directly the Tumblr Blog (http://stannesdamascus.tumblr.com). Using Tumblr is easy - but you will have to sign up for an account if you don’t have one already. Once on our Tumblr Blog, to the right of our name you will see an icon that looks like a pencil, click it and you can then submit a post. This will enable everyone (who wants) to share and upload photos from our community, share stories of events, say what St. Anne’s means to them, ask for prayers, share encouragement and more! Plus, it will be integral to The Wiseman’s Challenge (find out more about that at Christmas)!