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This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (Shakespeare)

People of Praise Community
Underway Agreements

A person who comes underway agrees to live the life of the community and to be formed in its ways. An underway member makes the following commitments:

To attend regularly the weekly meeting of the community.

To attend the basic teaching courses of the community: CFS I, CFS II, Authority and Obediance Talks, Servant School, Covenant Talks and others as may be added.

To contribute at least 5% of your gross income to support the life and work of the community.

To participate in a men's or women's group.

If you are single and have not made a good state in life decision, to pray through your state in life, with the community's guidance, and to refrain from dating until you do so.

To participate in a community service -- normally four hours a week.

To have your children participate in youth activities.

To be headed, at least in the above seven a…

Flapping my wings as hard as I can.

While I'm figuring out what planet I'm on, go visit my brother in his study abroad program. He is sharing photos of the experience of it here. I'm jealous!

Then maybe sometime in the next week or so I'll be able to share my own experiences. Perhaps not quite as exciting at first glance, it is an understatement for me to say I'm excited.

Going away parties

So, this week. I really should do this month, not this week, but that would take a lot longer.

Saturday 5/6Left Muncie @ 5:15AM after 2 hours of sleep, heading towards Indianapolis with my Dad and brother-in-law, picking up a few other guys on the way, and braving the Indy Mini! A half marathon, 13.1 miles, which my Dad still beat me like he did 2 years ago, but this time by only 2 minutes instead of 10 minutes (his time: 1:46, mine: 1:48). And here are the pics of me and my 'fro. The three of us spent the rest of the day patting ourselves on the back and enjoying the family back home. (Kugel with dinner!) Greg left for his study abroad program this upcoming Tuesday morning, a semester in various Asian countries.
Sunday 5/7Slept in, Mass w/ the fam, eventually headed up to South Bend to have dinner with the Havard's who I'll start living with in a few days, so good to get a bit more face time with them. Four kids plus another guy a bit younger than me also living with…

Almost exactly 2 years ago

.. I wrote this. Magnify everything (except for the emptiness) by ten times. It was my last commute by train from Chicago towards my apartment in Indiana. Now I'm at the last week or so as a Chicago local, and this week will be entirely insufficient.
slightly burning
ripping tearing
a subtle sensation
i've not recently felt

i sit now in emptiness
with few other passengers
already missing them
already yearning

the ache sure affirms
my slight aspiration
to forge real connections
to seek that close union

not with simply one girl
not with a best man
but with fellow wanderers
of whom there are so many

no qualifications
no set of suggestions
if only i see you
then know you i want to

Soon, very soon.

In a little over a week, I enter into household life in the People of Praise, living with a family of six plus another guy near my age who I'll be rooming with. In a little over a week, I begin a high-skilled job consisting of a skill I studied fractionally in college and not since then.

That's it, in a nutshell. These past few weeks have been a flurry interviews, trying to stay out of jail, abetting my patient landlord, falling out of contact with some, falling into contact with others...

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability – And that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without …