Revisiting Some Archived Articles that Have Not Been Lost, but May Have Been Forgotten and Are Worth a Fresh Read
Think about community. The word “community” comes from the Old French word communité, which, as you Latin students know, is derived from communitas (cum, "with/together," plus munus, "gift"). In short, community is the gift of being together with others. This statement raises a couple of questions: Do we see the communities in which we live and participate as gifts of being together? Do we see the Classical Conversations communities, of which we are a part, as gifts?
My guess is that the answers to these questions are a mixed bag. Probably, most Classical Conversations communities are wonderful and encouraging, some are not, and a few are in between. All communities will be a mix of good and bad, of warmth and camaraderie, along with the difficult stuff that arises because we are sinners. Perhaps, though, it is precisely in the difficulty of participating in community that we find a blessing. Should we see our individual Classical Conversations communities as something more than a convenient, classical education, homeschooling resource, and weekly social gathering? I want to suggest that beyond timelines and Latin, beyond grammar and world maps, our communities offer social connections in which we are challenged by the greatest classical lesson of all, to be genuine followers of Christ.