Hospitality and Outreach
Editor's Letter November 2018
By Charis Bhagianathan
What does practicing Christ-like hospitality look like? How can we work on improving our ability to provide a genuine welcome and invitation to all? Welcome that not only allows people to feel comfortable and cared for, but also allows them to see that this place or community could be their home, a place where they could thrive, love and truly belong. In this issue, we share ideas on radical hospitality, welcome and outreach.
Let the Children Come To Me
By Jamie Martin Currie
Is your parish a place where children are welcome? In Let the Children Come to Me, Jamie Martin Currie explains why it is important to provide intentional hospitality to children, and describes how paying attention to the needs of both parents and children can make the church the vibrant and welcoming place it should be.
Sharing the Bounty of God’s Garden
By Bill Eakins
When the members of St John’s, West Hartford, planted a vegetable garden last year they thought they were simply growing vegetables. In Sharing the Bounty of God’s Garden, Bill Eakins tells the story of how their humble garden has grown into so much more – a place for the community to meet, share and support each other.
The Vital Outreach and Evangelism Connection
By Frank Logue
We’ve often been told that actions speak louder than words, but sometimes saying the words is necessary. In The Vital Outreach and Evangelism Connection, Frank Logue shares personal experiences that illuminate why it’s important to be explicit in our invitation and welcome to others, and in sharing the ‘why’ of our belief.
Welcoming Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
By Sarah Barton
As we strive to serve all our neighbors in the love of Christ, upholding the dignity of every human being, may our lives be blessed by people with IDD as we together affirm boldly and faithfully: “I will, with God’s help!”