The author Robert D Putnam comments in the book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), that social capital has been falling in the United States. Putnam found that over the past 25 years, attendance at club meetings has fallen 58 percent, family dinners are down 33 percent, and having friends visit has fallen 45 percent.

According to the 2012 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, there was also a decline in membership in most of the mainline religious denominations from 2009 to 2010.

Are we losing the spirit of community that we once found in our religious institutions?  And if so, does it matter? I believe that it does.

The word "community" comes from the Latin word "communitas" whose derivation is the word "cum" which means with or together and "munus" which means gift. Thus the word community literally means the gift of togetherness. When we add the word "faith" to the word community, we also get the notion of shared beliefs and values. Simply put, then, belonging to a community of faith means participating in an environment where we come together to share the gift of core beliefs that we hold in common.
 
A community of faith is a place where we can both serve others and be served; a place where we can learn and grow together. It can and should be a place of peace. A community of faith is also an important port in the storm, when life inevitably takes the wind out of our sails. The sense of love and belongingness we get from participating in a community of faith also improves our emotional well being.

According to Wiki: "Studies conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) show substantial evidence that young adults who feel a sense of belonging in a community, particularly small communities, develop fewer psychiatric and depressive disorders than those who do not have the feeling of love and belonging."

So it is not enough just to have faith. We must also share our faith in communities with others, both for their well being and for ours as well.  Choose faith.