Mutuality as a Call, Covenant and Clothesline By Glory E. Dharmaraj
As church leaders convene in a centennial mission gathering this summer, mission grows at the margins of society.
I am fascinated by clotheslines. Wet clothes hanging from them flap in the gentle breeze or slightly stronger winds sprinkle water drops on bystanders, inviting them into the circle of the water-washed and wind-blessed community.
Every year in early summer, my husband and I make sure the two poles in our backyard are strong enough to hold the clothesline when we put our wet clothes out for drying or airing in the summer sun. Though tight at the ends, the clothesline often sags in the middle due to the weight of the rugs, bed covers, clothes and kitchen stuff. It a is reminder of what mutuality is all about.
In the Global South where I come from, clotheslines provide space to talk with neighbors as they, too, put out their washed wet clothes, fold them when dry and take them inside their homes.
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