All are welcome here. But, we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, lesbian, transgender, filthy rich, dirt poor, or doing just fine thank you. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail, or could afford to lose a few kilos.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or cannot carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome football mums, supercar dads, back-packers, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters, and surfers. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
We endorse all people but we make it a point not to promote any particular politician. If you need a church that does that—or a minister who screams and yells from the front about how everybody who doesn’t believe as he believes (or, she believes) is going to hell—well, you’re probably not going to like this church. Here, you can be Liberal, National, Labor, Green … whatever. You’ll understand, we’re sort of struck with Jesus and, especially, his teachings. The way we figure it—if we follow his teachings, the world will be a happier and healthier place for everybody. Healthier and happier, too, for those not interested in religion, not even ours.
If you blew all your offering money last night at the pokies, tough luck for us. You’re still welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are only here because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, and bleeding hearts …
In short, we welcome you!
This welcome message has been modified for local use, but has been widely used in Episcopal (Anglican) Churches in the USA, as well as other progressive faith communities. The point is:
You really are welcome here!