Community is mowing the lawn for a neighbor, residents on the block getting together to dig out after a heavy snowfall, bringing a casserole to the home of a co-worker with the flu, celebrating the victory of a school team (even though our child isn’t on it).
Most of us find support and friendship in the many communities to which we belong — our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our local schools and our places of worship.
While many members of faith communities are brought together by faith or worship, others are drawn by the opportunity to be a member of the faith community. Values-based communities such as secular humanist and atheist organizations play the same role for the nonreligious. Most faith communities recognize the need for community by providing many different types of activities for their members from prayer meetings to community service to sports and outings.