Safe Space and Sanctuary

Safe Space and Sanctuary

Post by Rebecca and James Farlow

What do we mean by “a safe space for all to worship?”

“Safe space” is one of those phrases that’s been co-opted by just about everyone to mean whatever he or she wants it to mean. Some people demand space where others are not allowed to say or do anything that offends them. Others fight for space to be accepted exactly as they are. Still more simply want space where they will be free from physical harm and oppression.

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What is Worship?

What is Worship?

Post by Rebecca Farlow

I find myself asking this question a lot lately, as I ponder the purpose of churches and worship services. So many churches seem driven to put on a good show, as if daring the congregation, saying, "Are you not entertained?"

This sort of model is off-putting to me, to say the least. When I think of worship, I imagine that I'm actively engaging in an activity that brings honor and glory to God. And worship can be done alone. I can sing, or pray, or meditate, or write, or read scripture on my own, but worship can also be done, and should also be done, in community with others. 

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