*Comments on this post are now closed. For exact directions on what to do, go to the St. Greg’s Pocket page!*
Do you remember this post of Sukie’s, in which she casually refers to “ little pockets of like-minded communities spread all over”? Unfortunately the comments didn’t make it over to the new site here, but there were a lot, as many of you lamented your inability to find these pockets of which she spoke.
And do you further remember this meet-up? I know, it was last year… so long ago.
Basically, I responded to all those laments with my thoughts on how to get started. Here at Like Mother, Like Daughter, we began having a vague idea of how to loosely connect all the groups, provide a bit of guidance, and in general just encourage you to get started… but just vague.
Some of you are already in the midst of a thriving community of friends. But I keep hearing many of you say that you would like to connect with other Like Mother, Like Daughter readers — either a women’s group or a couples’ group. (And who knows, maybe men’s groups as well.)
Well, now that Sukie just wants to meet up with some ladies in her neighborhood, we are going to actually do it.
Announcing the official Like Mother, Like Daughter, Pocket-Forming Kindred-Spirit-Finding, Community-Making debut!
On the Feast of Glorious St. Gregory, beloved by Protestants and Catholics and Orthodox alike! Gregory rescued the disintegrating city by bringing true worship of Christ to the people. You might not know it, but this is what you are called to do as well. So he’s a great patron!
Here’s how it will work, for now, at least.
If you would like to start a group of like-minded readers of our humble journal here, all you have to do is set up a Facebook “group” page for it. This group must be private.* Then send the link to Sukie at LMLDblog (at) gmail (dot) com. If you don’t get how to set that up, ask us. Sukie is standing by to guide you.
She will post the link and your general area on a new tab just for that purpose on our menu bar.
This is not the kind of Facebook group you might be used to. It’s not primarily to discuss things on Facebook. Instead, it’s to use that platform to find each other and meet in real life, in real time, making real friendships. Your own little pocket.
If you would like to find a group, all you have to do is look here on the blog! Of course, it will take a while for the groups to appear, so starting one is your best bet at this point — but starting the group doesn’t necessarily mean running it! Others will spring up to help you, I feel sure!
Your group will be private, closed. Do not set your group to public, because we want you to be safe! To join a group, you will need to find it here. We are the home page for the groups, but you are starting them.
If you live in the area of the group, just message or email the moderator of that group (not Sukie) with your bona fides, your stellar character, your sincerity. These can take the form of your blog URL, the church you attend, your address, your cousin’s twitter account, or whatever it takes for the moderator to believe that you are indeed a nice person and not a scary internet stalker.
The groups can meet at someone’s home, the church hall, the playground, or the library. Your call.
You may already have a group and are open to adding like-minded LMLD readers — that’s fine, you can link it here and our readers can find you if they are in your area.
To have your group approved here and to use our group name (more on that below), you need to include Sukie as “admin” on your page. When your group is big enough (also your call), someone else can just start another one.
So, read this post again to get the idea of what form this group could take. On Friday I hope to post about discussion ideas to keep a great conversation going, things to do together, and practical ways to care for each other.
Now, these groups can be called what you like. Personally, I am not a huge fan of acronyms as names of groups, so I encourage you to find an actual name.
Back to St. Gregory the Great, beloved by all Christians! He is not called “Father of the city, the joy of the world” for nothing! In the future, we will have a compendium of all the little efforts everywhere to live the authentic Christian life and we will call it The St. Gregory Guild. For this little start, let’s use the name The St. Gregory Pocket.
You could call it the “Name of place” Pocket. Like, The Roxbury St. Greg’s Pocket, The Nashville St. Greg’s Pocket. Or St. Greg’s Birmingham, St. Greg’s Cobb’s Hill. You might have your own ideas for names, and that’s fine by me. I’d like to hear what they are!
We do think that it’s important that you make this group local, as local as possible. The idea is to find your neighbors and make friends with them. Little by little, they will become your community. You will see.
*Edited to say that you probably want to make this CLOSED but not PRIVATE. People need to be able to see it if they search for it/click the link, but they need to request membership (or be asked by you, the moderator of the group or other members). ALSO: You need to have another member to start a group. If you want, Sukie can be your other member until you get going — she needs to be on there anyway!