Texts: Luke 13:31-35;
Phil 3:17-4:1; Gen. 15:1-12, 17-18
• But how do power relations happen in a situation of welcoming outsiders into a community? Who has more power: the welcomers, or those welcomed? Isn’t it usually the welcomers who have more power? The term “outsiders” should be a clue.
• So how can the welcomers share power, or even flip power relations like Jesus did?
• Example: Asian, Latino, black, white (first line in wlecome). You are mostly white folks. How do you become more truly welcoming to People of Color. Learn more about racism — make antiracism a part of your mission.
• Example: gay and straight (another line in welcome statement). Listen to the voice of gay Christians, their experience of not feeling welcome in churches. Ask them: What would it take for you to feel more welcome in church? Would it take support of marriage equality?
Delivered at Faith Lutheran,
Saginaw, MI, February 20-21, 2016