Radical Welcome

During Lent this year, we’re invited to think deeply about what it means to be a church that loves all people and honors the image of God in every person. This is one of our values as a congregation and we’re going to spend time reading, reflecting, and talking about how we are called to live this out.

We’ll be challenged by the words of Stephanie Spellers, an Episcopal priest and Minister for Radical Welcome. Spellers challenges the church to open its eyes and look at the people living and hanging out in the neighborhoods around them. She says that every church has a growing edge about how they can become more radically welcoming to others.

Starting this Sunday, you can pick up your own copy of Spellers' book, Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation, so that all of us are reading and thinking together. (See the reading guide that details the focus for each Sunday!) Sign up for one of the small group opportunities to discuss together!

radical welcome cover.jpg

Sunday, March 9
The Journey Begins at Home 
Luke 4:16-19
Ch. 1 The Radical Welcome Journey
Ch. 2 Defining Radical Welcome

Sunday, March 16
Is It Just About the Rules?
Luke 6:1-11
Isaiah 43:18-21
Ch. 3 The Dream of God
Ch. 4 Living with Arms Wide Open
Ch 6 Beyond Inviting and Inclusion 

Sunday, March 23
A Story of Three Strangers 
Genesis 18:1-8 
Ch. 7 Radical Welcome Signs
Ch. 8 Re-Imagine Your Common Life

Sunday, March 30
Remember Where You Are 
Deuteronomy 10:17-19
Ch. 9 Check Your Reality

Sunday, April 6
A Fresh Start 
Ezekiel 36:25-28
Ch. 5 Be Not Afraid
Ch. 10 Reckon With Fear
Sunday, April 13
The Journey Continues 
Matthew 21:1-11 
Ch. 11 Where Do We Go From Here?
Ch. 12 The Joy in the Struggle

Small Group Opportunities:

Sundays (March 9-April 13) at 9:15 a.m. (Lower Level Conference Room) Facilitator: Bonnie Muren
Tuesdays (March 11-April 15) at 6 p.m. (Parlor) Facilitator: Rev. Jill Sander-Chali
Sundays (March 9-April 13) from noon to 1 p.m. (Young Adult Group meets at Bread Co. on Delmar) Facilitator: Rev. Jill Sander-Chali
Sundays (March 30-April 6) from noon to 3:30 p.m. (Library) Facilitator: Mark Brown