A recent exchange over at this T&S thread got me thinking about what we all do to help increase community and communication between women in our own geographic locations. My own personal bias is that people who participate in the bloggernacle (write, comment, lurk), are looking for something that they are lacking at church, somehow trying to fill a void. Whether it be a need for more scholastic discussion, the ability to vent or engage in difficult conversations, or finding others who strengthen our spirituality … we’re all trying to create something to fill the void. And yet, I wonder how this translates in how we interact on a personal basis, in real time, when we’re face to face.
I confess that I don’t particularly like attending Relief Society. I’ll take a line from another woman in my ward, who states that RS always brings out her latent narcoleptic tendencies. However, I attend, and every once in a while I find something that renews my determination to keep attending.
So, I’ve been branching out to women in my area outside of RS. It’s been an interesting shift in focus … I’ve always had a small group of close female friends, and we generally did things together so that we could meet men, not other women. Planning fun events, networking with other women, finding time to hear one another’s stories outside of an organized setting, just trying to connect … it’s been really good.
And so, I’d like to find out what has worked with other women.
Do you find Relief Society (lessons, enrichment nights, RS clubs, visiting teaching) fills your need for bonding with other women? If yes, what have you or your leaders done that have made it so successful? What could be improved?
If you don’t tend to find community or close relationships within RS, where do you find it? What have you done that has seemed to help bridge the gap? Do you think there should be more church programs, or do you find that there’s already too many?