This past week I was in Maryland for a training called the Brickner Fellowship. The Brickner Fellowship is a collection of clergy who apply and come together to learn how to bring social justice planning and programming to our communities. I learned a lot this week and look forward to sharing the many conversations and sessions I had with you over the coming months and years. For now I would like to share with you the final teaching of the weekend from the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 4:
- Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
- But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
- Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
- Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. When studying these verses, I began to think of the concept of a team. A team being a group of people who bring their individual talents and skill to help a greater whole accomplish their goals. I like to think of our Temple community as a team.
How might you understand the Temple as a team to which you belong?
How might that change the way you view and engage in the Temple community?