Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,
I have been thinking a lot lately about the possibility of dialogue in our society and church. It will be the subject of an upcoming sermon, so I won't say too much, but I am wondering about the possibility of constructive conversation between people of different opinions and viewpoints. Can pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates engage in helpful discussions? Can the kind of person who vandalized one of our antiracism signs on Piney Orchard Parkway actually join in on the conversations we have been having here? Can the person who took our sign affirming God's love for all be in conversation with those of us who put it up? I want to believe so, but I am admittedly skeptical.
Then again, I remember all the New Members/Inquirers sessions that I have been a part of over these last seven years at Ark and Dove. Whether in person or online, people have been drawn to Ark and Dove from many different backgrounds. You/they think and believe differently, come from varying places and religious backgrounds, and have varying experiences that inform diverse perspectives. In these sessions, you/they have shared deeply and generously and then joined together to become members of this church. We have a New Members/Inquirers session on May 21st, 9-11 am, with breakfast provided. You can meet the diverse people who are now coming together to learn more about Ark and Dove. If you are interested in what it means to be a member or simply want to know more about the church, please contact Katie Nilsen-Johnson (email@example.com) and we can get you into the session. It will be a time for constructive conversation with diverse people.
The Church has to be the place where diverse people are drawn together into conversation. Let's commit, at least, to try.