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For the fifteenth anniversary of its publication, this revised edition features a new introduction from the author on the state of the church and its “radical welcome” today, along with new reflections on how it continues to reshape the church.

This book 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 gifts, voices, and power of marginalized groups bring new life to the mainline church. Based on two years of work and over 200 interviews with people in congregations all around the United States—in urban, suburban, and rural settings—it asks 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 to embrace change as a welcome part of community life. This new edition features essays from Michael B. Curry, Mark Bozzuti-Jones, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, and Mark Richardson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640654693
Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 607,085
File size: 539 KB

About the Author

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.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is the Episcopal Church’s 27th Presiding Bishop. He was the Bishop of North Carolina from 2000 to 2015. Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry and is a regular on TV and radio and a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. His books include Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus; Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings for a Changing World; and Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.

Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is the priest and director of spiritual formation of Trinity Church Wall Street’s Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut. He is an avid reader, award-winning author, and popular speaker, and has taught at elementary and university levels. A former Jesuit priest, Dr. Bozuzuti-Jones has missionary experience in Belize, Brazil, and Guyana. He lives in West Cornwall, CT.

Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mark Richardson is Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
Introduction to the 15th Anniversary Edition

Introduction to Radical Welcome

The Radical Welcome Journey
Defining Radical Welcome

Part I: The Theology of Radical Welcome

The Dream of God
Living with Arms Wide Open
Be Not Afraid

Part II: The Picture of Radical Welcome

Beyond Inviting and Inclusion
Radical Welcome Signs

Part III: The Practice of Radical Welcome

Re-imagine Your Common Life
Check Your Reality
Reckon with Your Fear
Where Do We Go from Here . . . Now?

Part IV: Community Reflections on Radical Welcome

The Way of Radical Welcome by Mark Bozzuti-Jones

Walking with Radical Welcome by Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Radical Welcome and Training the Church’s Future Leaders by W. Mark Richardson

A Dream and a Church Big Enough for God by Michael B. Curry

Conclusion: The Journey Continues
Bread for the Journey: An Online Companion

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This is not a ‘feel good’ book. It is not about how we should all be nice to strangers at coffee hour. This is a book about the very hard challenges that face any of us when we decide to step outside of our isolation for the sake of the gospel. . . . [T]his book is that rare combination of deep spirituality and pragmatism. . . . The call to take on the challenges of ‘radical welcome’ is for the growth of the community, not only in numbers, but in spirit, imagination, and strength. This is a book about the future envisioned by the gospel, a future that extends the love of Christ in all directions.”
—From the foreword by Stephen Charleston, author of The Four Vision Quests of Jesus and former Bishop of Alaska and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School

“The beautiful thing about re-revisiting Radical Welcome fifteen years on is discovering that it has a timelessness and relevance that we critically need today. . . . The vision of who we can be, truly reflecting the image of God, is stunningly beautiful and more than worth the effort.”
—The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

“When I read Radical Welcome fifteen years ago, I knew that it was deeply thoughtful and theologically grounded. I didn’t—couldn’t have—known that it was also futuristic, even prophetic. Today, a much wider audience is seeking to embrace diversity in ways that are authentically faithful rather than simply socially tasteful, ‘woke,’ and de rigueur. I am grateful to have this resource to read again, with its new essays and updates, and to commend it to those who are becoming aware of the intentionality building a truly welcoming community requires.”
—Sarah B. Drummond, Founding Dean, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School

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