Selected Quotes on Community
We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been -- a place, half-remembered, and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom I can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somwehere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voicse will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
~ StarHawk in Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics, 1992
When we come together to play and be we are truly ourselves
When we are truly ourselves it is wonderful
and when we act collectively in that wonder
we do transformative work for our community and our world.
~ Brad Colby at Komo I
Without community, there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression. But community must not mean shedding our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that differences do not exist.
~ Audre Lorde in Sister Outsider (p.112)
I really would like to be a member of a community, but until there's one that's based on priciples of constant change, the membership would involve more rules, and the rules that exist around the subject of gender are not rules I want to obey.
~ Kate Borstein in Gender Outlaw (p.69)
I won't be afraid for a long time when I think about this powerful love.
~ David Sereda
It said that those who walk on flat ground need not hold hands. But we who climb a steep and slippery road must hold onto each other to make our way securely.
~ St. Francis de Sales in the Introduction to the Devout Life
Instead of popping $400 plus for a weekend retreat where we listen to someone read from their book (and spend the rest of the time disagreeing, dissecting, and translating what we hear trying to make it relevant), we've decided to spend the money on transportation and food and throw a retreat for ourselves, where we gather with people we love, and eat and laugh and spend a weekend being with one another in our joy and our living. We think it just might catch on.
~ Brad Colby at Komo II
The problem with revolution, of course, is violence. It would be neat to take part in a nonviolent revolution of inclusion where by the revolutionaries simply have a good laugh, and welcome anyone else to dinner.
~ Kate Borstein in Gender Outlaw (p.132)
The Hopes and Dreams I Have for Everyone in Our Family
These are my wishes for everyone in our extended family...
That we may always be more than close; that nothing will come between the bond of love we share.
That I will always be there for you, as you will be for me.
That we will listen with love.
That we will share truths and cherish times of togetherness.
That we will make wonderful memories.
That we will trust and talk things out.
That we will always understand.
That wherever you go, you will be in my heart, and your hand will be in my hand.
~ L. Atherton
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