Building Community While Isolating
If you are like me you have been struggling to engage with your community during social isolation. I find myself in a number of “zoom rooms” throughout my week. How many of you are feeling the “Zoom fatigue” like I am? Yes, that is a real thing! While it is great that we have the technology to meet virtually, it doesn’t fill the need for face-to-face contact. We are meant to live in a community. How can we continue to build a healthy community while isolating?
“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NIV)
Living in a community helps us feel like our lives are full. Sharing our experiences with others increases our joy, our ability to get through tough seasons, and brings a multiplication of knowledge. Even if you are an extreme introvert I bet this pandemic triggered an unfamiliar longing to be around people again. If so here are a few ideas other than zoom we can leverage to strengthen and build community during this pandemic.
Book clubs are brilliant - Books and how they affect us are deeply personal. We can read them in isolation but when we share our ideas with a group of people we feel connected to them. We learn something about their personality, history, and knowledge. This builds community! I recommend having a virtual hangout to discuss your thoughts along with a favorite beverage! Most successful clubs meet once a month. There are several celebrity book clubs that have huge communities; like Hello Sunshine, Oprah’s Book Club and the Andrew Luck Book Club. I recommend starting with a few of their suggested titles but ask friends or people in your neighborhood to join you. After all, once this is over it would be great to gather face to face right? If you want to know what is currently on my list of books to read:
Community building while being required to isolate is different. It causes us to leverage more tools and more creativity. Community is built through mutual experiences, having fun, and growing in our understanding and care for one another. These are just a few practical ideas that might help us get through this. I love what it says in Ecclesiastes.
¹There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: ⁴ a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…(Ecclesiastes 3: 1,4)
This is a temporary season. When we finally reunite I hope we have created stronger, honest, vulnerable, and fun communities. I’d love to hear what you have been doing to continue to build community while isolating? Please leave a comment below.