SMC Coordinators January 2016

Last weekend the Lotus House hosted the Shalom Mission Communities 2016 Coordinators meeting. Shalom Mission Communities (SMC) is an association of Anabaptist-inspired intentional communities with shared convictions and practices. At this time, five communities belong to the SMC network: Reba Place Fellowship in Chicago, Plow Creek Community in Tiskilwa, IL, Hope Fellowship in Waco, Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco, and us. The meeting offered us an opportunity to check in with one another about the health of our respective communities, to pray and encourage one another, and to strengthen the bonds of fellowship between us. We were also able to show off our second house (Lotus 4966) and our city.

Among other events, we took our guests on a guided tour of civil rights sites in the city, including the Canfield apartments in Ferguson, the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial near our house, and the Wailing Wall of Delmar. On Sunday, we had the privilege of marching with our friends from Faith for Justice for the “Get Woke, Stay Woke Unity March,” celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. Sadly, the continuing need to “get woke” was announced to us by a police shooting which occurred right around the block from the march. It was also a reminder of the importance of cultivating discipleship communities devoted to shalom.