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A cathedral welcome

What does it mean to be a welcoming church? Here are some words posted on a notice board in Coventry Cathedral….

A Cathedral Welcome

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor.
We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.
We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself.
You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison.
We don’t care if you’re more Christian that the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not yet grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters.
We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.
We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to the Cathedral.
We welcome those who are linked, pierced, both or neither.
We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved their throats as kinds or got lost in the city centre and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters…and you!


Attributed to Coventry Cathedral.

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