Following the shock of this week’s presidential election and the social turmoil it has precipitated, UU Churches should expect an influx of first-time visitors and returning old friends. On social media, people are looking for community and are being pointed to our congregations. Gone are the days when a liberals asked with puzzlement, “You’re a Uni-What?”
We need to be ready, this Sunday. We need to be at our best, showing up on the Side of Love, and ready to meet people where they are. We need to encounter one another without assumptions and stereotypes clouding our interactions.
What you can do:
- Print and share this 2-sided welcoming tips card with your greeters (both formal in informal) so they can practice open-ended questions.
- Add intercultural communication skills to your greeter training, such as this Welcome Table course.
- Signal that your congregation includes allies of marginalized groups. Have a bowl of safety pins and a copy of this article explaining what they are for. You may even want to incorporate passing them out as part of the Sunday service of part of our commitment to bend the arc of the universe toward justice, one human encounter at a time.
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Congregational Life Staff