I’ve been working for the Church for about 4 years now. And, as anyone involved in parish or diocesan life knows, that means I’ve been at my share of meetings. It seems to me that there are a few themes that show up at most such meetings. One of the most common in my experience is the question of hospitality. I suspect that this did not start 4 years ago. Rather, one imagines decades of visiting and revisiting this question. The Church, we all agree and insist, must be welcoming.
This is often brought up with reference to decline in Church attendance or even financial donations. If only, we lament, the people who came through our doors felt welcome when they were here. People, for example, who only ever show up at the parish for Christmas and Easter, or who only darken the doors of a Church for weddings and funerals, need to feel welcomed when they do show up, or they won’t consider coming back.
Now, I don’t want to deny...Read More