In hard times, look to community

Rev. John Kater speaking at the Sunday Forum at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, CA

We had the good fortune this morning to listen to the Rev. John Kater speaking at our church‘s Sunday Forum. He spoke intelligently, in my mind, about the role of Jesus as mentor and a notion of a ‘hands on’ God that I have been wrestling with for most of my adult life. Toward the end of his presentation, he responded to a fellow parishioner’s point  about peace being a kind of refuge, an absence of conflict.

Rev. Kater said that the Hebrew word for peace, in the epoch of Jesus, meant ‘harmony’ as much as anything else, and that shalom referred to a community working together in harmony to produce plenty and a just community in which all could live and be supported. In short, hard times are solved by coming together into community, and not by seeking solace ‘ away from it all’


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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