Adapted from Coventry Cathedral
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, partnered, or confused.
We welcome those of high net worth, those who are comfortable, and those without a nickel.
We celebrate wailing babies and excited toddlers.
We welcome those who sing like Pavarotti or just hum quietly to themselves.
We welcome those just browsing, just woken up, or just gotten out of jail.
We welcome those more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, and those who haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.
We extend a welcome to those who are over 60 but haven’t grown up yet, to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome soccer moms, and deadbeat dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, vegans, and junk food junkies.
We welcome those in recovery and those struggling with addiction. We welcome those who are having problems, who are down in the dumps, who don’t like organized religion.
We offer a welcome to those who work too hard, and those who don’t work at all.
We welcome those who forget names, who can’t spell, those who use twitter, and those who still believe a tweet comes from a bird.
We celebrate whomever you love.
We welcome Americans, Americans-to-be, those dreaming of being an American, those relocating or just visiting, one and all.
We welcome those here only because grandmother is in town or you are here visiting your grandmother and, you can’t say no to grandma.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both, or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer, who have had a painful experience with institutional religion, and those who just wound up here by accident.
We welcome doubters, seekers, tourists, and pilgrims.
Whoever you are, we welcome you.