[Editor's note: this is the first of a new monthly column that Rev. David J. Miller is writing for the UU Church of Worcester, MA, where he is Minister Emeritus.]
If we truly wish to make people, and especially minorities, feel welcome in our congregation, it is not enough to sloganize “All Are Welcome!” People will feel welcomed when we greet them by name as Pope Francis did in the course of his recent speech in Washington, when he asked his audience to pray for him and added, "And those who are not believers and cannot pray, please send me your good wishes."
Many non-believers hunger for the kind of recognition and inclusion represented by Pope Francis’ words.
In contrast, not so long ago a family member said to us in reference to our Humanism: “You are the kind of people who are ruining our nation.”
And I know a young man who was thrown out of his family home while still a teenager when he told his parents that he no longer believed in God.
And I know a person who was fired from his job when it became known that he was a non-believer. Read more about Welcoming the Closeted »