What made me think of the St. Paul’s tag line—I generally try to think of it as little as possible—was a brief e-mail message from the Rev. Bosco Peters, a clergyman in New Zealand. In a blog post, Peters mentioned the “covenant” declared by a local Presbyterian church:
We covenant to respect the diversity of belief among ourselves as together we grow in understanding of God and of our own lives.Now, that is a welcoming church!
Respect means that we will surround the other person with appreciation, seek to understand their point of view, and allow them to disagree.
This is the sort of Church we hope to be.
Feel welcome to join us!