COMMUNITY | Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno | Scott Bowman
Have you have ever read or watched an adaptation of the famous novel The Three
Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas? If so, you may be familiar with this old latin motto. In
English, unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno means one for all, all for one.
Those who have played a team sport, or worked in a collaborative environment will know this to be true. Each team member contributes so that the whole team can be successful (one for all). But when a team member suffers, the strength of the team is weakened. Therefore, the team must support its member to ensure they are not lost (all for one).
In other words, “The whole of us relies on each of us, and each of us can rely on the whole of us” (Lindeberg, 2018)
I believe this is why community as a spiritual discipline is so important. As disciples of
Jesus, we share many common interests and goals. We find solidarity in faith, and this is a
beautiful thing. However, the way we choose to practice community (or not) has even greater
The truth is, we need each other to encourage and call forth the best in ourselves.
We must be willing to walk a mile or two in someone else's shoes in order to experience true love and expanded consciousness. And ultimately, our common interests and goals as human beings will only be realized if we work together to accomplish them.
When I was studying for vocational ministry my capacity was stretched farther, and my
world view challenged deeper than I ever thought possible. It was one of the most difficult
seasons of my life. Today, I don’t know where I would be without the love and support of my
My encouragement to you is to simply look up (figuratively and literally). Community is happening all around you. There are people who are in your corner, and people who need you in their corner.
Find your community and don’t be afraid to invite someone new into it. We need each other.
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing.
If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. (1 Cor. 12:25-26, MSG)
Grace & Peace