Identifying appropriate alternatives affirms alternative communities
It's a fine recommendation for any interested in alternative communities
Public Witness as Being Alternative Communities
of Resistance and Celebration
Sadly, though, the institutional church would probably welcome such a development, since then it could excommunicate members of alternative communities
and "purify" itself of dissenters.
Ordinary people need to start building alternative communities
within existing towns and suburbs.
Church history has seen a small minority of Christians run off, usually to the wilderness, to found alternative communities
, though they were usually choosing a common life of poverty and fasting rather than a resort existence among the righteous.
This thoroughness of approach often yields important insights, such as her conclusion that a key requirement for individuation is, ironically, the presence of alternative communities
(often of religious or political dissenters) that could provide the authority necessary to sanction the creation of alternate conceptions of self.
That is, placing Jesus at the center, they created alternative communities
of equals" (139).
And he's done it all as an openly gay man who often addresses alternative communities
within gay culture--bears, deaf people, cowboys, older men, people with AIDS, and others.
In the larger towns the Jews constituted authentic, if not entirely autonomous, communities, but in obscure places, some close to Buia such as San Daniele, the few Jewish families were insufficient to create authentic alternative communities
If they don't find alternative communities
, they can become marginalized.
Such words are a reminder that conflicts between alternative communities
and the outside world don't have to end in fire--or at least not in hostile conflagration.