Jean Vanier defines the growing pains a community can experience about the “other” or the unknown.

These daily thoughts seem related to strengthening an educational capacity at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi.

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At least to me, anyways.

Community Integration
The more a community deepens and grows, the more integrated it must be in the neighbourhood. When it begins, the community is integrated within the four walls of its house. But gradually it opens up to neighbours and friends. Some communities begin to panic when they feel that their neighbours are becoming committed to them; they are frightened of losing their identity, of losing control. But there are times to knock down the walls of a community. This is how a small community can gradually become the yeast in the dough, a place of unity for all and between all.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.116

This is how a small community can gradually become the yeast in the dough, a place of unity for all and between all.

Vanier helped develop the technology which built a worldwide network of these mustard seeds called L’Arche. I do not know if Simcoe County is mature enough to support such a profound power within their borders. But if has a home anywhere, it might be best to radiate from the park.

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