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Reconciling with the Church

Pope Francis recently said "Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church." But what about those people for whom the church has been a source of pain?

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There are many of us with stories about being hurt by the church—whether because of race, sexual identity, ability, age, gender or something else. In this workshop, participants explore how congregations can cultivate worship that embraces those who bear scars inflicted by Christians. The session outlines common themes of reconciling worship, as well as practical examples to help church leaders identify tools and resources for implementing those themes in worship.