COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR LEARNING
COMMUNITY IS MORE THAN A WORD. IT'S OUR SHARED VISION.
Living in community is essential to the full development and education of the whole person. The Marianist tradition values community living as the practical way in which Christians learn to live the Gospel, striving to love God, neighbor and self in daily life. All people, regardless of religious belief or faith tradition, learn essential life lessons such as self-awareness, communication, cooperation, mutual respect, courage, forgiveness, patience and trust from living in community with others.
The climate of acceptance that Marianists call family spirit presumes an attention to the quality of relationships among the people in the community. At the level of daily interaction, all members of the community treat each other with respect and speak with simplicity and openness. Over the long term, these daily habits acknowledge the value and dignity of every member of the community, and create the ground in which genuine friendships can flourish.3
However, building community requires more than friendliness and is certainly about more than following rules Genuine community requires maturity, commitment, self-sacrifice and hard work.
Such a vision of community and friendship runs the risk of being romanticized. It must therefore be recalled that friendliness and hospitality are genuine expressions of a process that necessarily includes conflict, division, and all manner of human suffering and failing. Yet, those grounded in the Marianist vision of education recognize that only precisely out of this mix of joy and sorrow can genuine communities be formed.4
Through learning in community at UD, you are more able to become a person of great character and integrity. You are better prepared to assume responsible membership in communities throughout your lifetime and to make a positive difference in the world.