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Leviticus 19:18b You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I’ve been reading about the Art of Neighboring, an initiative that asks neighbors to move beyond platitude to authentic relationship. The program challenges people in the pews to fill out a sheet that looks a bit like a bingo card, with the free space being their own home. They add the names and contact information for their actual neighbors—next door and across the street and catty-corner.
For most people this requires a visit to their neighbors—an introduction and a conversation beyond a friendly wave. The process also takes a bit of courage, especially if you’ve lived in a place for a while without knowing your neighbors—at least, that’s my situation.
In the gospels, Jesus is clear that the commandment to love our neighbor is second only to loving God. He also tells us that our Lord knows us by name. The least we can do is know the names of our neighbors as well.
MOVING FORWARD: Invite a new neighbor to coffee.