Many social scientists have studied the emotional aspects of belonging. Research shows a positive correlation between healthy social networks and happiness and a greater ability to overcome stress and depression. While the need to belong serves as a powerful motivator for us to accomplish good things, it can also prompt persons to join harmful and destructive groups. I believe we all have a longing for belonging in a place of love and acceptance. “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).