Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for about five minutes, perhaps repeating a word or phrase to separate yourself from the activities of the day. When you feel settled and relaxed, think about the times you have felt a strong sense of belonging in your congregation. Consider what it is about your congregation that keeps you returning and perhaps brought you back after the very first time you walked in the door. Is it the people who make up the community? Is it the way you feel in the company of those people? Is it the support they have given you during difficult times in your life? Is it your sense of making a difference together through social action? Think about any times when your religious community makes you feel the spirit of love is truly the spirit of this church; hold these feelings close as you explore this session with the participants.
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