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We’re going to wrestle with a challenging question at the Gathering on Sunday (July 25): What kind of struggle would we face in our own hearts to warmly welcome someone whose life is very different from our own? It’s true that most of the people coming to these Gatherings have come from a rather mono-cultural background. And yet, to live up to the Fellowship’s goal to be radically welcoming of everyone, we need to think seriously about what it means to welcome someone who’s more comfortable in a very different culture from our own. (more…)

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Update: Starting date for Gatherings has been postponed to April 25

Spring is a great time to get ready for new ideas. So, with a little encouragement from Mother Nature, we’re trying on a new look. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we realize it’s time to “graduate” beyond the introductory Sunday afternoon Gathering samplings to the real thing on Sunday morning. Just to recap a bit, the reason we can’t keep permanent afternoons for Gatherings is that those who come in the afternoons have usually already attended a service in the morning. The afternoon Gathering either becomes redundant or artificial. We’re really happy we’ve been able to share some of the new ideas with lots of people around the Chicago area. Many of our blog readers have enjoyed putting some of these ideas to use in their own churches. Mission partly accomplished!

So, what’s next? (more…)

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