By Rachel Luna
What is community? This question has been turning around in my mind. Over the past few years, I’ve found myself living in several “intentional communities” in different contexts. When I told people that I lived in these communities, I was almost always asked what made it “intentional.” I never knew how to answer that question and I found myself asking what makes it community. Is it a community because a large group of people live together or because we are in school or work together? What makes a community a community?
I’ve been apart of communities that were positive experiences and some that were not so great. I’ve met some of my best friends living in community and yet have fallen out of touch with a few of them. Why did some of these communities feel like communities and others just a group of folks who lived together?
In San Antonio, we had the great chance to observe how churches and individuals were using their skills and gifts to create different versions of community. We saw community expressed in different ways. Some folks were building community around the workplace and others around the table and their gift for cooking and teaching.
One of my favorite communities I’ve been a part of was my first summer as a PT intern in 2009. I met some of the most incredible people and I think about what made that community a great community. The community worked and thrived because everyone brought their skills and gifts to work towards a common goal.
From my time in community and in San Antonio, I’ve come to realize that some of the best communities come from when the community or group of people are working together by using their unique skills to reach a common goal. With this in mind, I think it would be interested in using the Project Transformation DC community as an incubator to figure out ways to build successful communities for young adults outside of the PT world.