You may wonder, “How are we gonna let people know they are welcome here?” Please ask this wonderful question over and over again.
Start by daring to go public! Your welcome should be reflected in the church bulletin. That’s right! If you are a welcoming church, let it be known on your website, and let the neighbors read about it on your church sign. More on why this is important.
Don’t forget to demonstrate it in your shift from single-use restrooms for “men” and “women” to unisex facilities – this shift speaks volumes to people who don’t feel welcome in either.
Outside of regular worship, be a partner in building the larger community. Yes, you can be the congregation that is known to show up for people who hurt, to care for the whole of creation and all of humanity.
Reach out and reap the joys of Beloved Community.