"The only solid basis for such a community life, the life of adult companions in Gospel living, which is based on mutual love, open communication, non-fearful observance of agreed upon goals and behavior, appropriate mutual submission to one another, in other words, that looks like Jesus’ band of friends, is in fact the Gospel-based imitation of Jesus. We cannot get it from or freeze it into rule books, rituals, regulations and so on. Like any form of human life, it must have procedures and rituals and even at times methods of ensuring appropriate behavior. But Jesus says it is essentially and literally a life of universal friendship, which is intrinsically egalitarian even if we need to differentiate roles and responsibilities for the sake of effectiveness in ministry."
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