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Those of us who are alive in these times have a clear and evident mission. We have a compelling moral purpose that can direct our lives and our energies: We are about saving the world. So what is our part? The place is to begin at home—that is, with ourselves. Notice what is life-denying and resist it. Live with the moral authority that comes from compassion and non-violence. Form communities of people who will sustain you in living as you wish to live, whether they are study groups or alternative living arrangements or socially responsible, sustainable businesses. Our congregations must be central gathering places for such community. — Marilyn Sewell, "Reclaiming the American Dream," in A People So Bold

Pay attention to the formation of communities that sustain you in living as you wish to live. Are there such communities in your life? Would you like there to be? How might you go about forming or sustaining one? Invite members of your congregation and other friends to join you in paying special attention to the nurture of sustaining communities.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Blithedale Romance presents a fictionalized account of life at Brook Farm. Check it out from your local library and read it!

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