Come, Come Whoever You Are

3 kinds of church w captionThere is no official dress code at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

“Come, come whoever you are,” we sing on Sunday mornings. “We welcome you whoever you are, wherever you are from, wherever you are on life’s journey,” our greeter tells us. Of course, people have to actually be in the building to hear these messages. So how do we get people into the building? We invite them.

Do you know anyone who might benefit from being a part of our church community? Do you have a friend of another faith who is simply curious about what you do on Sunday morning? Invite a friend to church. Although we live in the age of social media, television and mass communication, most people learn about a church because a friend invited them.

Sometimes we UUs can be reticent about our church because we do not want to impose on others with our own beliefs. However most authoritative medical research confirms that inviting someone to church never killed anyone (either the inviter or the invitee.)

Lauren Hulse informs me that most people in other denominations invite someone to church once every 10 years. For Unitarian Universalists, it is once every 25 years. Why not make this the year?

(The Tao of Tennessee is the written by the Reverend Chris Buice of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.)

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