Summary

We:

  • all need connection; to know who we are and how we fit in.

  • respect one another and look out for one another.

  • do things 'together'.

  • also respect people's needs.

  • are intergenerational -different ages and stages

  • learn together

  • have different skills abilities likes dislikes and talents

for instance; once your child is comfortable they can collaborate with others for instance in our Aer0nauts teams. Here they learn together and approach projects as a team divvying up tasks and sharing them around. Aircraft can be made in separate parts that must function together and this mirrors society as a whole. When this happens the final product is better then the sum of the separate parts.

We think a good way of describing community is as a 'body of many parts' - as found in the Bible:

1 Corinthians 12:15-26 NIV
[15] Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [16] And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [17] If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? [18] But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. [19] If they were all one part, where would the body be? [20] As it is, there are many parts, but one body. [21] The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don't need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don't need you!” [22] On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, [23] and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, [24] while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, [25] so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. [26] If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

(New International Version Bible)

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