|It is not surprising that our Hope Tree carries several different cultural symbols for community. It can be one of the most important elements in a satisfying life. Our communities can provide us pleasure, security, education and support. By their very nature they inspire joy, hope, love, and peace. They also give us that all important human need to belong: to know that people care about us and that we care about them. Communities give us hope in all that is good in ourselves and others.
On this symbol for community five members twirl about in a circle. They are nearly touching, each swept up by the same supporting wind. While they are capable of flying off in separate directions, they choose to fly in a formation of sorts. They willingly travel together – not unlike a flock of geese in formation – silently agreeing to go where they all go, suffer what they all suffer and rejoice in what they all find joyous. This symbol reminds us of those who are taking this journey with us – whirling about in this unknown storm – steadfastly within arms reach whenever we need them.