Everyone is welcome in the house of God, but not all behaviors are welcome. Everyone is welcome, and for the sake of safety and dignity, we set boundaries for how to be together respectfully. However, it is important to differentiate the actions and expressions that are really harmful from those that are idiosyncratic, unusual, or even uncomfortable to those unused to accommodating them but are ultimately the sign to an observant faith community of the compassion of an all-embracing Christ.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. (Adapted from Psalm 23:4)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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