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Southwest Association Spring Gathering 2017

I Know We're All Welcome at the Table,
But Do I have to Sit Next to You?




A workshop led by Rev. Janice Springer

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phoenix Community Church
2208 Winchell Ave., Kalamazoo 49008

No business meeting, just learning and fellowship. Lunch provided. No registration fee.

Pre-registration is required by April 18
by contacting Lisa at the Michigan Conference Office (lisa@michucc.org or 517-332-3511).

Download Event Flyer.

We know how to welcome the marginalized and include the excluded. We’ll help the widow and the orphan. We pride ourselves on accepting diversity. But… the people who disagree with our politics drive us crazy!

So how do we stay in community with the church member who opposes us on vital issues like gun control, gay marriage or climate change? How do we welcome our co-worker whose idea of God rubs us the wrong way? How do we embrace the brother-in-law who is against everything we are for? This workshop will help us figure that out.

We’ll go deeper into the spiritual discipline of welcome, the spiritual practice of love. We’ll listen and talk, laugh and share stories. We’ll look at our own hard places in our struggles to see in the other the face of Christ. We’ll take home tools to help us grow in our ability to welcome, or capacity to love. We’ll draw wisdom from various disciplines, but most of all from our world religions.

The evening news tells us of mass shooting, terrorist attacks and war. We are disheartened by our presidential election process, both before and after the election results. Our world is in need of peace, but what can one person do? This workshop is one answer: We can learn to live our own lives in the peace we want for the world.

Hosted by the Southwest Association of the Michigan Conference and Phoenix Community Church UCC
Made possible by our church's congregational covenant dues to the Southwest Association.