WHAT IS THE WELCOMING TEAM?
The Welcoming Team consists of Shepherd Members who are doing the hard work of listening and guiding our community into authentic welcome.
WHY DO WE NEED THEM?
Here at Shepherd we say that All Are Welcome. But what does that mean? Do we live into that authentically? These are the questions that sparked our Welcoming Team.
Sin causes us to create bias and prejudice in our communities and within society. God's love calls us out and into authentic relationship with our neighbor.
It is our calling as people of Christ to educate ourselves, to listen, to learn, and to grow. We are starting with how we welcome LGBTQ+ peoples and we look forward to expanding as time goes on.
WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN DOING?
Your Welcoming Team has been leading Shepherd through Reconciling Works journey through the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) process. This process guides congregations through self examination, authentic listening, and deep learning as they come to an understanding of what it means to welcome, include, and celebrate LGBTQ+ people.
We are currently in the process of listening and learning. On our way to making a public statement of our welcome in this place.
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