One of the things that struck Paul most when, during his sabbatical, he visited both House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver and St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, was each church's intentional and explicit openness and inclusivity. Paul now asks "Do we want to say that, as a church, we welcome everyone, without exception?" Read on
Let us a build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome,
all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Marty Haugen (b. 1950)
Calamus Licence 2105