Reflect & Respond
In whatever style* most fits you or your group, spend some time reflecting on the following questions:
- What inspired you to take this course? What’s your initial understanding of “radical welcome”? What’s your hope?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “welcome” or the word “radical”? Try a brainstorming exercise with each word and see what comes up. What do you notice about your associations with each word?
- Study the Inviting-Inclusion-Radical Welcome chart on your own. Ponder these questions:
- Where does your church land on the chart?
- What does your congregation have experience around? Which would you need to work on?
- Think of an example of a practice that would fit each category (a practice that would be inviting, a practice that would be inclusive, a practice that would be radically welcoming).
- Do some ministries or individuals at your church seem to have more experience with radical welcome than others? Why? What could you learn from them?
*Depending on your learning style, you may find different types of reflection helpful. Discussion is a great reflection style for talkers, listeners, and people oriented learners. Writing and journalling are good reflection styles for a wide variety of learning styles because they allow people to sit back and absorb new ideas or take time to organize thoughts visually, logically, or even artistically. Prayer and meditation are similarly good reflection styles and purposefully invite and entertain the sacred in the conversation.