30 Jul Reconciling in Christ: We want your feedback on the potential Welcome Statement
All are welcome here
Hello, my name is Syrenne McNulty and I’m the chairwoman of the RIC Task Force, the group at Good Shepherd that launched the conversation last year about to what extent we welcome people
in our church. Over the last few months, we’ve run and sponsored classes, video screenings, and dialogues to get the congregation thinking and talking about this important topic. Throughout August, there will be a brief survey included in your bulletin insert. This important survey is to get feedback on the listed potential Welcome Statement. Good Shepherd members specifically composed this for this congregation and has undergone many months of edits based on your feedback.
The focus of the survey is simple: does this statement reflect who we are as a Good Shepherd community, and what we strive to be? Throughout over two years of conversations we’ve had about the topic, most people say Good Shepherd should be a welcoming church. It is important to remember, though, that sometimes sticking to the status quo can cause harm to marginalized groups that have been traditionally excluded by the larger Church for hundreds of years. We hope that this statement can serve as a reminder to ourselves and send a strong message to those considering us as a church home: ALL are welcome here. This survey will run from Sunday, August 4th to Sunday, August 25th. It will be included in bulletins all four weeks at every service or can be filled out on the website. We value your honest feedback on this survey. A member of the RIC Task Force will be present at every service throughout August to answer any questions.
Going forward, if the survey results are very in favor, we intend to hold a formal Congregational Meeting and vote in the coming months to adopt the statement. Adopting the statement represents Good Shepherd agreeing as a congregation to walk forward in a unified direction towards being welcoming and inclusive to all who come here. Putting it into practice is the next step of our journey that we’re excited to get started on. Thank you very much for your support throughout the process.
We welcome ALL to Good Shepherd. Everyone. Without exception. This welcome includes those shunned by society and by churches because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental abilities, financial resources, and family status. The world can be difficult and unloving. In this large, beautifully diverse world, we invite you to a community where we all
belong. Whether you are a believer, a doubter or a seeker, in Christ’s love, we welcome you. By the power of the Holy Spirit we will work to extend God’s grace, love, justice, and dignity inside and outside our church. You are a Child of God. You belong here with your WHOLE self. Your story and your life are valuable, not only at Good Shepherd, but in this world. You belong here.
Take the Survey
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