What is Community?
20 Mar, 2014
On March 11, two students from Concordia’s Community Development class, Nicole and Leann, presented at Open Door in fulfillment of the requirements of their term project. Their presentation, entitled “What is Community?” began with the idea that community is not only made of people sharing a locale, but includes intentional communities of people coming together for a shared purpose. Inevitably, the question arose: is prison a community? Can forced cohabitation be a real community? Can community be created when people don’t want to be together?
The students’ presentation was scheduled just ten days before MSCM’s Community Building Workshop, a weekend-long activity based on the writings of the American psychologist Scott Peck. Critics of the self-help industry consider Scott Peck to be a unique voice because he refuses to assert that self-help = self-indulgence, and instead describes self-help as possible only through the creation of true community.
MSCM is pleased to continue its cooperation and sharing of resources with Concordia and the Community Development class.