Belonging is the spiritual connection that unites all of humanity.
A culture of belonging in an organization is central to its health and vitality. "Culture has tremendous inertia... That's why it's culture. It works because it lasts. Culture strangles innovation in the crib." (Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End).
Health and safety are critical but boring to those living in it. People are looking for meaning. A culture of belonging facilitates meaning for the individuals in the agency and fully engaged staff.
Being at peace with yourself and others, it means to "break bread with", it is communion, mutual trust, it is the to and fro movement between two people where each one gives and each one receives.
Living a life balanced in mind, body and spirit, or the headline in the story of the Good Samaritan... "to love your neighbor as yourself".
Identifying and incorporating the God-given gifts of every individual. These gifts emerge as one learns from each other's story. It is in this context that we are all complete human beings.
Whenever people become a part of a welcoming community, be it a family, a community where one lives, or a congregation, a person can thrive.
The spiritual connection that unites all of humanity.