Be more intentional about the welcome extended to guests who come to our congregations each week. Here are some resources that can help:
- Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer, an introduction to our liberating and nourishing faith including a brief, lucid history; commonly used readings and prayers; and inspirational quotations, for newcomers and members alike.
- Some Disability Etiquette Tips for Greeting People at Church
- Talking to Guests (PDF, 2 pages)
- "Sunday Super Greeters Keep Visitors Engaged, Returning" from InterConnections
- Conducting Guest Interviews (PDF)
- Visitor Interview Form (PDF, 2 pages)
- Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO: Newcomer's Page
- "Does your church put out the 'welcome' mat or the 'do not disturb' sign?" asks Gary L. McIntosh's book Beyond the First Visit: the Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church. This gives an important look at your church through the eyes of a first-time guest.
- Widening the Welcome of Your Church: Biblical Hospitality & the Vital Congregation by Fred Bernhard and Steve Clapp discusses compelling welcoming issues from being a caring host, to welcoming children, youth, and young adults, to considering physical facilities and worship, while offering useful checklists to aid us in widening our welcome to all.
- Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt's book Radical Hospitality: Benedict's way of Love has become a classic text for exploring what it means to be truly welcoming to others, both at church and in all of life.