“Where are you from?”
“I’m from everywhere. I’ve moved around a lot.”
“Well, where’s home?”
“I don’t have a home.”
This is exactly the sentiment of so many in a culture where we are well traveled, well cultured, exposed to more people, places and information than ever before. Yet, we don’t feel at home anywhere. No where do we feel in place. We go to school or work (or both) and take up our role…. Sometimes grudgingly… we do stuff, but it’s not who we are, and we don’t want it to be. We involve ourselves in various people, acquaintances and groups, centered around our common interests, but we have many such acquaintances and groups and none of them represent all of us. We know a lot about various things of popular culture, technical information specific to us, but none of this equals belonging. We get caught up in an event, party, activity, but only for a short time and then we again find ourselves not belonging. We have the skills, abilities, gifts to navigate successfully through various cultures, but don’t have a home where we belong, where people know our name, our true name, our gifts are used and embraced, our desires not so secret, our sorrow embraced, our joy celebrated. We are a people without home.
How do we help make a home for people?