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Explore this section on how to begin…
Understanding what the Bible says
Sacred texts inspire us, offer examples of journeying with God, help us to be faithful to God and to see the central message of God’s love in action.
Learning about inclusion
In some ways, the first lessons about inclusion are similar to the first lessons of learning a new language. We quickly realize that we can offend even when we mean to be welcoming.
Educating your congregation
Your first step is to identify the gap that—if filled —would allow the congregation to become truly inclusive and welcoming.
Engaging your own faith tradition
Welcome, inclusion, community, love and hospitality are found in each faith tradition, and Scriptures speak positively about God’s love for all.
A conversation with your pastor
You may be upset, you may feel newly inspired, you may have suffered in silence for a long, long time. Wherever you are, know that you’re in the perfect place.
Expressing the congregation’s welcome
Lori entered the sanctuary of Ellsworth Church. Greeted by warm handshakes and bright smiles, she wondered. “Is all of this love and warmth lasting….?”
Responding when someone comes out
When someone chooses to share the truth of their existence with you, it reflects their view that you are open and trustworthy. The good news is that you are not expected to have answers….
Getting comfortable voicing concerns
Lifting your voice may not require grand schemes and extensive planning. Simply say what is true for you in your own way. Many Voices can help you with resources to make that difference.