In this interview, Beth Richardson describes an unforgettable image from Dorotheos of Gaza, a desert monk and saint from the sixth century.
Beth Richardson is a United Methodist clergy person and the managing editor of the Weavings journal and Alive Now magazine as well as the Director of Creative Content for The Upper Room. A photographer and writer, she is the author of Child of the Light, The Uncluttered Heart, and most recently, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings.
Use the image from Dorotheos of Gaza that Beth Richardson discusses in the Encounter to reflect on what it means to live in community.
In the Encounter, Beth Richardson describes an image that Dorotheos of Gaza used to describe to his students the importance of growing closer to each other in their spiritual journey toward God. Here is the saying from Dorotheos:
"Imagine that the world is a circle, that God is the center, and that the radii are the lives of human beings. When those who wish to come closer to God walk towards the center of the circle, they come closer to one another at the same time as to God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another. And the closer they come to one another, the closer they come to God." (Instruction VI)
Using ideas from Beth's interview and the saying from Dorotheos of Gaza, reflect on your own experiences with community.
This Action provides ideas for conflict resolution -a common issue within communities.
Living in community does not free us from conflict. No matter what community we are a part of, there will be some kind of conflict. But finding ways to address this conflict is paramount to the health of a community. Use these tips below for conflict resolution within your communities.