The Greeks have a word for it: Koinonia [Community from which we get the words communion, common, and even communication.] In classical Greek, koinonein means “to have a share in a thing,” as when two or more people hold something, or even all things, in common. It can also imply “sharing an opinion” with someone, and therefore agreeing with him, or disagreeing in a congenial way. Only participation as a contributive member allows one to share in what others have. What is shared, received or given becomes the common ground through which Koinonia [Community] becomes real.
So our painting class, unlike when I paint at my little table on our sunny porch here in Florida, becomes a place of sharing, receiving and giving, a place where the common interest, painting, opens doors to friendship and COMMUNITY.
I find some of that same experience in the exercise classes both here and in Kentucky that Terry and I participate in. I find that in small groups that meet to share a meal on a flexible but regular basis. When I was working I found it in shared projects and goals with my co-workers. While in the past I have sought Koinonia in Worship and Holy Communion with others who share a love for Jesus Christ, I am learning to expand the concept. So that even painting a “Circle of Daisies” with people in the over 55 age group, who bring their regional, social, and experience diversity brings sharing, receiving and giving so that I hope everyone, but I know I am blessed to stand on COMMON GROUND.
Common Ground has a way of becoming Holy.This post is dedicated to Charlotte, Chris, Cindy, Doris, Hazel, Michelle (who was absent today), Shirley, Valerie, and Vi, my community of painting students and teacher.