Inspiration: Welcoming Openly

Stories, sermons, and essays on why it’s important that our affirming welcome be open.

Get Off the Fence: Why “We Welcome Everyone” Isn’t Enough

So if your church is mostly, technically, unofficially affirming but you just haven’t taken the steps to embrace it –maybe you’ve just been waiting for a nudge?–then consider this your nudge. The time is now. Erin Wathen, pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, KS, an Open & Affirming Congregation of the Christian Church, … Continue reading Get Off the Fence: Why “We Welcome Everyone” Isn’t Enough

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Open & Affirming Sunday at Johns Creek Christian Church

Sue Knight shared these comments at the Sunday service celebrating the first annivarsay of Johns Creek Christian Church’s decision to become Open & Affirming. Johns Creek is just outside of Atlanta, GA. Happy Open & Affirming Sunday! What a beautiful day to celebrate this historical unanimous decision a year ago to become an Open & Affirming congregation. This … Continue reading Open & Affirming Sunday at Johns Creek Christian Church

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Five Reasons Churches Need to “Come Out” on LGBTQ Rights

This post by Christian Piatt originally appeared on Patheos. Christian Piatt is the author of postChristian and Blood Doctrine, his first novel. He is the founder and cohost of the Homebrewed CultureCastpodcast and blogs on the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel. Follow Christian Piatt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/christianpiatt Our entire family, including my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, and my two kids, took part in … Continue reading Five Reasons Churches Need to “Come Out” on LGBTQ Rights

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Being the Visible Body of Christ

This sermon was preached at Cairn Christian Church, an Open & Affirming Congregation in Lafayette, CO, on April 27, 2014. Lectionary Gospel for the Day: John 20:19-31, the Story of Doubting Thomas. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written … Continue reading Being the Visible Body of Christ

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Praying for the Wrong Thing

At a Welcoming Church Event in February 2014, William Martinie, a member at St. Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, KS, shared this testimony about the difference an openly welcoming and affirming congregation made in the life of his family. When I was a little kid I would often spend afternoons at my Grandparents’ house while … Continue reading Praying for the Wrong Thing

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