So where does our sense of community live? Sense refers to sensation or response of the bodies senses. To try and understand we can explore where else we use the idea of a “sense of something?” Beyond the five or six primary senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste we talk about a “ sense of appreciation”, “a sense of grace” “ a sense of joy” etc These are more than values, more than momentary feelings they are states of being. These states may not be felt all the time but when we experience them we know they are special and we seek to achieve them again. The sense of community is a similar sense and it is only by living in community that we recognise it and know it has been achieved. Those who have not experience it may know the feeling when they are in a large happy family when everyone is together and celebrating something. Or when a team has achieved some goal and there is that sense of togetherness of doing something as one. My experience is that once someone has experienced a strong sense of community they will recognise its value and seek it out again and again.