Community, despite proximity …

Back in late July, we received the news that our Classic KINDLE Learning Event in September would be held virtually.  I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I was looking forward to gathering together with my Circle and other KINDLE Associates for this time of learning, supporting, worshiping, and building community with one another. I wasn’t sure how this virtual learning event would work, if the building of community would happen effectively, and if I would be able to fully engage in the event.

Prior to the learning event, I traveled to central Wisconsin so that I could enjoy the beautiful fall colors and fully participate in KINDLE. When our time together began, I was so glad to see how many aspects of KINDLE were brought into this virtual event. With candles supplied by KINDLE, we joined together each morning for worship. We also gathered together for Tuesday evening worship, which I was able to participate in with my parents. It was wonderful to bring them into my week of KINDLE in this way.

What I appreciated about our virtual learning modules was the ability see the faces and smiles of my fellow Associates all together. Each evening we gathered together for fun and fellowship. While it may not have been exactly the same as being in person, it was still a wonderful way to build community.

Although we could not gather together at our usual place in Mundelein, Illinois, technology allowed us to meet as instructed in the book of Hebrews:

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25.

Stephanie Karolus

Director of Christian Education, First Lutheran Church, Gainesville, FL

2019-2021 Classic KINDLE Associate

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