So many organizations, including Churches, claim to be welcoming and safe for everyone. Too often, people discover that the welcome is either fake, insincere, or a toxic blend of good intentions and deep-rooted bias. We will explore the ways organizations communicate and discuss how to sort through the polished façades to see what a community is all about.
This will include some first-person stories of those who have been welcomed into communities that said they were inclusive but discovered there were "strings attached." We will also hear stories of people who found safe communities where they could be their authentic self, and the powerful healing that can come in such a "safe sanctuary."