Hospitality involves taking risks for the sake of love and service. Members of a small, rural congregation debated renovating their building to install an elevator between the sanctuary and the basement fellowship hall where the only restrooms were located. Concerned about the cost, they worried whether they could afford the financial risk.
Motivated by love and concern for those excluded and realizing that the community was diminished by their absence, the congregation determined it would make changes. “After all,” one member said, “What does having an inaccessible building say about who we are as a church?”
What has your congregation done to reach out and make others feel more included? What are the risks and benefits of that action?
This message is an excerpt from the devotional “All are welcome” by Julie Kanarr in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine
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