What does it take for your church to move beyond mere welcome and engage in mutual relationship across historic barriers like race, class, sexual orientation and generation? Find out in this inspiring six-session On Demand course with Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation. Now a Senior Consultant and Coach with the Center for Progressive Renewal, Spellers brings years of experience leading and researching radically welcoming congregations.
To register as a team: $300
To register as an individual: $150
To add Genius Bar access: +$125
- Radical Welcome
- Receive the Love of God
- Move into the Neighborhood
- Notice Margins and Power Relations
- Listen to The Other
- Practice (Actual) Radical Welcome
It is highly recommended that you purchase the book Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Transforming Power of the Spirit and Ancient Faith by Stephanie Spellers. Other readings will be posted on the course classroom website and available for download.
This course is designed as an on demand course. You can move through the material at the pace and time that works best for you.
Participants who would like to meet in an online group setting with the course instructor may select the optional upgrade to 3 month Genius Bar access.
Curriculum Curator and Coach
The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers is a popular speaker and consultant on reimagining the mainline church and embracing new mission contexts. The author of numerous books — including Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Transforming Power of the Spirit, and Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Traditions –Stephanie is an Episcopal priest and serves as Director of Mission and Reconciliation at General Theological Seminary in New York City and as Canon for Missional Vitality in the Diocese of Long Island. She is one of two Chaplains to the Episcopal House of Bishops and recently chaired the Episcopal Commission on Mission and Evangelism. From 2005 to 2012, she served as founding priest for The Crossing, an emergent congregation based at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. She lives in New York but stays close to her roots in Kentucky.
What resources will I need for this class?
You will need a computer and access to the Internet, as well as the course textbook listed above.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
Students will learn the difference between invitational, inclusive, and radical welcome (yes, there’s a big difference!), how to assess the “welcoming” nature of their own congregation, and how to formulate a plan of action for living into the radical welcome Jesus calls the church to.
What does a typical module look like?
In a typical module session, Stephanie will introduce the basic concepts in a video lecture as well as provide participants with other readings and links to media. Each module has an activity to go and try in your own church or community to jumpstart your journey towards radical welcome. Participants also have the opportunity to crowdsource between sessions on the course discussion board.
Should I register as an individual or a congregational team?
Individual registration allows one user to view and interact with the material. Registration as a team allows you to show the videos and use the material with groups in your church such as a church council, ministry team, or working group.