Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation

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Church Publishing, Inc., Aug 1, 2006 - Religion - 175 pages
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Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation is at once a theological, inspirational, and practical guide for congregations that want to move beyond diversity and inclusion to present a vision for the church of the future: one where the transforming gifts, voices and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church. The book is based on two years of work and over 200 interviews with people in congregations around the United States--in urban, suburban, and rural settings, in the Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Pacific Northwest--asking the question, How do we face our fears and welcome transformation in order to become God's radically welcoming people? Each chapter introduces a particular congregation and the challenges it faced, and lays out the theological underpinnings of tackling fears head-on and embracing change as a welcome part of community life. Additional resources and study guide available for free download at ChurchPublishing.org
 

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Contents

The Rt Rev Steven Charleston
Defining Radical Welcome
The Theology of Radical Welcome
Living with Arms Wide Open
Be Not Afraid
The Picture of Radical Welcome
Radical Welcome Signs
The Practice of Radical Welcome
Check Your Reality
Reckon with Your Fear
Where Do We Go from Here?
The Joy in the Struggle
Acknowledgments
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Stephanie Spellers is an Episcopal priest and the Cox Fellow and Minister for Radical Welcome at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism. Prior to ordination, she was a professional religion journalist.
 

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