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Monday, December 31, 2007

Invited?

It's New Year's Eve. Where have you been invited? Where have you not been invited? It's a funny time in the church when groups gather according to deep relationships. Sometimes those groups open to newcomers and other times they are tight and closed. A couple times over the last years I was invited to an event that other staff persons were not invited to, and feelings were hurt. 
Holiday times in the church are both the best and the most painful, especially for those who get left out because of their age, gender, marital status or newness to a community. When is it Ok just to invite a close circle of old friends without apology? When do we need to look at the perimeter for who is standing alone? 
May your circles extend.

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