Hospitality

By William M. Kondrath
Scientists tell us that biodiversity is a key measure of the health of any ecosystem. Many of us suspect that diversity within our congregations would also be a sign of health, creativity, radical welcome, and the possibility…
By John Adler
One step which is often overlooked in our various incorporation processes is that of having a meaningful welcoming ceremony for our new members.
By Sarah Reiners Bartenstein
Is your church inclusive and welcoming?
By Judith Doran
Dr. Alan Watton was ninety years old when he started coming to church, via a ride from our hospitality chairs (a husband and wife team). After the first service, he stopped on his way out and asked if I made home visits.
By Kathy Copas
It only takes a moment for a guest to get a first impression of your parish.
By Daniel Vélez Rivera
Why do Latinos arrive to our doorsteps? What do they find? Why do they stay? What makes Latinos feel welcome in the Episcopal Church?
By John Adler
"Our purpose is to commission these persons in the Name of God and of this congregation into membership in Iona-Hope."
By Stephanie Spellers
Nobody knows just what Jesus Christ’s body looked like. But most of us have some inkling, some dream, of how the Body of Christ could look and feel.
By Harold T. Lewis
The ministry of welcoming newcomers into our midst is arguably the most important evangelistic activity in which a parish can engage.
By Mary Parmer
Cultivating new practices of invitation, welcome, and connection that are rooted and grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ will transform our congregations...
By Charles Robertson
I am speaking here of that often overlooked hero in the New Testament book of Acts...
By Peter Lane
“St. Paul & the Redeemer is growing because we are really clear about what we are about and that is welcoming everybody to this community: orthodox believer or skeptic, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor, everyone …
By Stephanie Spellers
What does this passage tell us about God?
By Toni Daniels
What would happen if we treated newcomers as Sunday morning guests, rather than as visitors?
By Louise Fortuna
Sharing our buildings with others can tax a congregation’s resources. “A Ministry of Space” by Louise Fortuna shares how, on a shoestring budget and without a sexton, this downtown church has become a true community hub.