Radical Welcome

Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation

Stephanie Spellers

Aug/2006, 175 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898695205



Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation is at once a theological, inspirational, and practical guide for congregations that want to move beyond diversity and inclusion to present a vision for the church of the future: one where the transforming gifts, voices and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church.

The book is based on two years of work and over 200 interviews with people in congregations around the United States--in urban, suburban, and rural settings, in the Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Pacific Northwest--asking the question, How do we face our fears and welcome transformation in order to become God's radically welcoming people? Each chapter introduces a particular congregation and the challenges it faced, and lays out the theological underpinnings of tackling fears head-on and embracing change as a welcome part of community life.

Bread for the Journey: An Online Companion to Radical Welcome
Resources specifically designed to complement Radical Welcome, including downloadable 7-session book discussion study guides for leaders and participants, handouts, and resources to be used along with the book. Share with your congregation or ministry and travel even further along the road to radical welcome.

7-session Book Discussion

General Resources

Targeted Resources

Fear and The Other

Congregational Assessment and Planning

Inviting, Including and Radically Welcoming

** This 7-session book discussion group replaces the 6-week and 12-week "A Welcome Change: The Radical Welcome Workshop" programs that are referred to on page 165 of the Radical Welcome book.

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STEPHANIE SPELLERS serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Church Cracked Open, and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Harlem, New York.

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