Roots of Life – Welcome Statement
We extend a special Welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special Welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or who could stand to lose a few pounds. You are Welcome if you can sing like Adele or like our Pastor who cannot carry a tune in a bucket. You are Welcome here if you are just browsing just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you are more Catholic than the Pope, more Lutheran than Brother Martin, or haven’t been to church since your niece’s baptism. We extend a special Welcome to those who are over 70 but not grown up yet and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We Welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree huggers, accordion players, latte sippers, vegetarians, and junk food eaters. We Welcome those who are still in recovery, or still addicted. We Welcome you if you are down in the dumps, or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we have been there too. If you blew all your offering money at the casino or horse track, you are Welcome here. We offer a special Welcome to those who think the world is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or have a college degree. You are welcome here if you are a Jesus freak, or if you are 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 little 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, doubters, bleeding hearts . . . And You!
We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, education backgrounds, and economic conditions-all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to people.