Julia Powers

Since I’ve written about — and lauded — Christian community before, I should be clear about something: Community is NOT a matter of doing as much as possible together.

Quite the opposite. It’s about being independent together. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in his marvelous little book Life Together: “Along with the day of the Christian family fellowship together there goes the lonely day of the individual. This is as it should be. The day together will be unfruitful without the day alone, both for the fellowship and for the individual.”

Call me a raging introvert if you want (because that’s what I am), but I think Bonhoeffer is saying we all need time alone. It’s not for the outcasts, the tired, the socially sick; it’s for the healthy. So that we can prevent tiredness and promote community.

Bonhoeffer goes on to describe some potential activities of “The Day Alone”:…

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