Our goal as a church is to be welcoming to all. And for us, all means all. We, of course, are not perfect. Some of us do better than others at welcoming everybody. But as a body, we have decided that we will move in the direction of inclusion of everyone, with all of their diversity of races, sexual orientations or preferences, genders, ethnicities, political or social perspectives, and (dis)abilities.
The Church is an interesting place. It is one of the few places left in our world where you can really be with people who are so different from you. Today, we tend to make our lives echo chambers, where we only hear the voices we agree with. Church is one place where liberals sit down next to conservatives and attempt to figure out how to live together.
We cannot promise a safe place where nobody will ever get hurt. Anyone who tries to sell you that cannot follow through on that promise—there never can be a truly safe place. However, I can speak for myself and pledge that where ever you are coming from, whatever your experiences with churches in the past, I will do my best to create an environment that will be welcoming and enriching.
If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Colin Cushman