From the beginning God set boundaries for all parts of creation, and called it good (see Genesis 1:6-8, Psalm 16:5-6). Clear internal and external boundaries can help individuals and communities thrive. Yet setting and keeping boundaries is work, and our efforts to do so are often met with resistance. When we cross others’ boundaries, or allow ours to be crossed, we can experience resentment, relational enmeshment, burnout, and conflict.
This month’s theme will explore healthy boundaries for individual Christians and for the various roles we inhabit: in relationships, in families, in congregations and communities, and with our neighbors in a pluralistic world.
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