How well do you neighbor? You may never have considered the question, for we traditionally have thought of “neighbor” as a noun – just the person that lives next door. But “neighboring?” That entails actual and meaningful engagement with those living around you, the hard work of seeking the common good of all in your neighborhood.
A “neighbor” is both the person who lives near another and one who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans. Are you that kind of person? Most of us would give ourselves a pat on the back in this regard. I’m a “good neighbor!”
But, “to neighbor,” that’s all together different. As a verb, neighboring sends us out and challenges us to really know those in our community. Think of how different would our cities be if people actually took the time to develop relationships and really care for one another.
In the scriptures, a primary instruction of Jesus is to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” However, the truth is many of us really don’t have any kind of meaningful relationship with those nearby. Reasons abound – busyness, fear, neighborhood and home design, other associations – but the command remains the same!
Therefore, over the next eight weeks, BODY Oak Cliff will be exploring this issue, sharing stories and providing practical resources for engaging with your neighbors. The initiative will be in conjunction with several Oak Cliff congregations that will be focusing their October Sunday services on the call to neighboring.
I hope you will follow the conversation and consider moving toward greater engagement with your neighbors! Are you willing to answer the call?
(See http://bodyoakcliff.net/neighboring for more resources).
Lunch & Learn | Neighbor the ‘Hood
TOMORROW!!! On September 24, join us for a community brown-bag discussion on neighboring.
Mayor Mike Rawlings’ primary GrowSouth priority is to “strengthen neighborhoods.” Considering Jesus’ call to “love your neighbors as yourself,” how can we as people of faith support his agenda by getting to know and loving the people in our community?
Tuesday, September 24 | Noon – 1:00PMs
LifePoint Church | 3203 W Davis Street, 75211 | Just east of Westmoreland
Registration begins at 11:30AM (Come & Visit!)
National Night Out Against Crime
On Tuesday, October 1, head out for the National Night Out Against Crime event from 5:00-9:00pm at the Kiest Park WPA Stone Pavilion!
Councilmen Dwaine Caraway (D4) and Scott Griggs (D1) are joining forces to provide a Community-wide event for area residen
ts. Many local neighborhood associations within District 4 and District 1 will be participating.
The councilmen are providing the BBQ meats and asking participating neighbors/Neighborhood Associations to bring sufficient side dishes and desserts (disposable containers and serving utensil are strongly recommended).
Bring your family and neighbors and your chairs for a lot of fun and a chance to meet new neighbors!Lots of bands, kid’s activities including bounce house, safety information, DPD and Dallas Fire Rescue, ballet folklorico, and great FOOD!