One of the things one normally loses when leaving one group to join another -- is a shared history. I am talking about the knowledge one gains about another person through contact with them under a variety of circumstances. Knowledge that allows space to make a mistake or even to sin or forgive. Knowledge that builds memories to share at a later date. Knowledge that allows communication by a look or a trigger word that communicates by the memory of some shared experience. Joan and I have lost a lot of that in leaving Second Parish.
For 6 weeks Joan and I have been exploring various Christian Communities in the Portland area. Since we were visiting Anglican communities, we did feel a great sense of shared history as we participated in hymns we had always sung, hymns we knew were sung by Christians from centuries back, reponsively read Psalms that have even more history etc. But it is time now to get back into community. For us - as we find a temporary community (and maybe permanent home) at Christ The Redeemer, we are moving into a community with a lot of our old friends! We also then will be moving back into a community with which we have a lot of personal history already. What a blessing!