Issue 154

Find Issue #154, (Spring 2012) – “Spirituality” of Communities Magazine here!

The Church of Fermentation

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In a world in which food choices
and dietary preferences can
become quasi-religions,
lactic-acid fermentation wins
a new convert.

Spirit in the Woods

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At New View Cohousing, practicing consensus, navigating illness, and simply
sharing lives are continuing spiritual exercises.

Inviting God to Dance

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A dancer’s year at Currents community opens and transforms both her and the group.

Common Ground in an Uncertain World

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A journey through various flavors of spiritually eclectic community brings
us face to face with cursed seeds, the White Brotherhood Team, mystery,
and stardust.

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

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To these communitarians, all work was holy—but overwhelmed by “the
accumulating weight of such holiness” and other disappointments, they
eventually adjust their aspirations.

Monasticism, Community, and “The Great Work”

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The former Elderhostel coordinator at Holy Cross Monastery explores
personal and monastic history to explain her unlikely presence there.

Creative Spirituality in American Communities of the Past

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If you haven’t heard of hollow earth theory, zig-zag-and-swirl, B-FICs, or
bathing bans, you’ve missed out on some of the more distinctive contributions
of communal spirituality.

Sharing the Path

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Even “non-spiritual” groups can benefit through a multitude of simple practices that deepen participants’ connections with themselves, one another, and the sacred.

Creating Community Ritual

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Ritual can connect us more deeply to place, mark the passages of our lives,
comfort us in times of grief, and link us in the pure joy of celebration. It
works best when created collectively.