I think of the words of Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche Communities (one of which is in Richmond Hill, Toronto) as I ponder how the church is best built up to strengthen people and bless the homes around. These words help me think futher about whether I am wanting to help create and/or belong to a 'small group' based on geography - or on 'affinity' (i.e. meeting with people like me, or just with the kind of people I like . . .): -
We would have chosen better people, nicer people, more beautiful people, talented and gifted individuals . . . but these are the ones whom God has given us, with whom we are called to live - and to build community.