“Living with arms wide open”

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“The Dream of God”

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“Defining Radical Welcome”

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“Introduction”

David Rust commenting on “Radical Welcome” by Stephanie Spellers – CHURCH PUBLISHING INC. Kindle Edition. I am proposing the following format to get discussion started on this blog. I will summarize in a few sentences a section of the book “Radical Welcome” and then add a few questions or comments of my own. Then, after […]

“Foreword”

David Rust commenting on “Radical Welcome” by Stephanie Spellers – CHURCH PUBLISHING INC. Kindle Edition. I am proposing the following format to get discussion started on this blog. I will summarize in a few sentences a section of the book “Radical Welcome” and then add a few questions or comments of my own. Then, after […]

An invitation to discuss Radical Welcome

From David R.: I am posting this blog as an invitation to early discussion. I have just started reading the book Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by Stephanie Spellers. This is the book Trinity Lutheran church council is using as a “jumping off” point to encourage new growth in […]

What’s so radical about welcoming people to church?

You may have read that Church Council has recently started to study a book by Stephanie Spellers, a former religion journalist and member of the Lutheran Church, and current priest in the American equivalent of the Anglican church. It is called RADICAL WELCOME – Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation. For over […]

a garden for all

I am excited that on April 17, Trinity’s church council approved a garden proposal for the church grounds and the park across the street. This is something a few people (including myself) have been dreaming about for a while, and it is becoming a reality now: “As we are planning some renovations to the inside […]

eggs & chickens

Easter is approaching, and people are buying eggs: Chocolate, jellybean, and “real”. In our society, eggs go with Easter like Santa with Christmas. I am part of this: I have fond childhood memories of searching for Easter eggs in the garden – what a thrill! And also of colouring eggs each year with my mom […]

snow!

Finally snow! I have been yearning for a thick blanket of white all winter. And when I looked at the brown grass, the bare shrubs and trees, and later the cracks in the ground, I thought, how much must the plants yearn for a cover that protects them from the dry wind, and that turns […]