IWR releases new resources for welcoming congregations
The Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) released two new resources for the welcoming congregations.
IWR just released an updated and greatly expanded Building An Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit 2.0. Drawing upon thirty years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help facilitate a Welcoming Process in your local congregation. Biblically and theologically based, it uses tools of relational organizing, congregational assessment, conflict management and change theory. Download it here.
Also released was the Bible study, Hearts Unbound: Engaging Biblical Texts of God’s Radical Love Through Reader’s Theater. The overwhelming message of the Bible, in story after story, is that of God’s radical love and welcome. Every time we think we know who’s in and who’s out, God does something to challenge those assumptions, to unbind our hearts and minds from old ways of understanding, and to draw the circle ever wider. This Bible study invites you to explore ten of those inspiring stories of radical love and welcome. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and participatory, each session looks in-depth at the story, the historical context out of which it came, and some of the insights to be gained. Download it here.