Inclusive Community

Inclusive Community September 19, 2011

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I just spent the weekend with Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. It was a mind-blowing 48 hour trip. It is an inclusive community that I found encouraging. Such communities actually do exist. It was an overpowering and transformative weekend for me. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I hope to be able to do that tomorrow.

This cartoon, when I showed it to the community, got such a reaction, with laughter and applause, that I almost fell over and actually became embarrassed. I’m just not used to that kind of response to my cartoons and ideas in a church context.

Here’s the pastor, Rev. Eric Folkerth, giving his take on the evening.

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  • Sarah

    That’s great news David. May they continue.

  • Yes!!!!!!!

  • Glad you made it home safe, David. Again, it was our great pleasure. Everybody was still talking about it today.

  • Scott Shirley

    Excellent! I like to think that if Jesus was here in the flesh today, He would be breaking bread with gays, the lepers of the 21st century. Just as He was criticized in His day by the Pharisees and the self-righteous, these are the same critics of inclusiveness today. Jesus stated plainly that He came, not for the righteous, but for the sinners. Close the Church’s doors to sinners, and well…who ya got left?

    The UMC has always had an open invitation to their Communion table, and in recent years has promoted the concept of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” To me, anything less would be un-Christian. I will always welcome anyone into my United Methodist Church, no matter where they come from. We all want to get to the right place, and we are called to help each other on the journey.