"Sharing the Sojourn," as a distinctive section of Sojourners magazine, begins its second year with this issue. In several recent reader surveys, we have received much positive feedback on this community-building dimension of Sojourners. We thank you and pledge ourselves to continue to help in that ever-challenging task of discipleship in and through community. Now as 1-year-olds we believe it's time to report some of what we have learned since beginning "Sharing the Sojourn."
One overriding lesson emerging from the experience has to do with our objective. We cannot affirm enough that the purpose of this magazine section and the networking we do through it comes down to serving faith communitiesof all types and configurations, ecumenically or within a denomination. There is no intent to set up "sojourners-like" communities unless that is the wish of those involved.
We need to be very clear on this point. In a survey done of Sojourners readers by an independent sociologist, 45 percent of the respondents stated that they either had tried or were trying community. These groups range from Bible study circles, to parish- or congregation-connected gatherings, to discussion clubs, and so on. They are "sojourners-like" only in that they find inspiration - we hope - in Sojourners Community, magazine, and activities.