"The Table I long for, the Church I long for, is one where all are not just welcome but desperately & fiercely wanted." @jeffchu #GCNConfYes and yes!
— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) January 9, 2015
The table I long for, the church I hope for, is a place where we let others see where the spirit meets the wound, and we help heal those wounds.
The table I long for and the church I hope for has the grace of the gospel as its magnificent centerpiece.
The table I long for and the church I hope for is where we care more about our companions than about winning our arguments with them, where we set aside the condescension that accompanies our notion that we need to bring them our truth.
The table I long for and the church I hope for has each of you sitting around it, struggling to hold the knowledge that you, vulnerable you and courageous you, are beloved by God, not just welcome but desperately and fiercely wanted.
The table I long for and the church I hope for is made of rough-hewn humility, nailed together by a jesus who has given us this ridiculous freedom to be wrong and yet still be made right.
The table I hope for and the church I long for is a place where we love especially when it isn't easy, allowing us to be vulnerable, inviting every voice to join the conversation, pushing us meal by meal towards community, towards communion.
Can we build that kind of table? Can we be that kind of church? I think so. And at that table, we're going to eat family style.
Read Jeff Chu's talk online at his website.