This is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year which I affectionately call Nunapalooza because all of the sisters and associates in my IHM Community come home to Monroe, Michigan, for Community Days and Jubilee. Community Days is the few days before Jubilee where we gather to pray, reflect, and be with one another. Together with Jubilee, it is like a total immersion into the very heart of the community and of our mission in God. This year, we'll be spending time on exploring our images of God, our "God experiences", and religious life. We'll do this through study and reflection and by engaging in contemplative space with one another.
What's so amazing about Community Days is it's like a snapshot of the contemplative stance we try to live day in and day out as Catholic sisters. Though I'm reflecting about our own IHM custom, this snapshot can be seen in the ways other religious communities gather their sisters to celebrate Jubilee and engage in conversation and contemplation with one another.
Community Days is sort of like taking one theme or topic and looking at it through a variety of perspectives and seeing what meaning it has for us individually, as a community, and as we move with God into the future.
Here are some of the ways we engage with one another during community days -- keep in mind that these ways of engaging are also good for any one who is wanting to go deeper into a topic of interest.
Although Nunapalooza only happens once a year, I try to take this approach of looking at something from different perspectives and live it in my ministry and daily life. This is what helps me to more into a contemplative stance in whatever comes across my path. It's not always easy, but I find it to be worth the time, energy, and discipline.
As we move into Community Days, I hope that these ways of engaging might be helpful to you in your own life. I'd love to hear about how you personally or your community, family, parish, etc. practice similar ways of engaging in conversation and contemplation with one another.