Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation (Second Edition, 15th Anniversary Revised)
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About the Author
Stephanie Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Church Cracked Open, and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Harlem, New York.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is the Episcopal Church's 27th Presiding Bishop. He was the Bishop of North Carolina from 2000 to 2015. Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry and is a regular on TV and radio and a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. His books include Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus; Following the Way of Jesus: Church's Teachings for a Changing World; and Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.
Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is the priest and director of spiritual formation of Trinity Church Wall Street's Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut. He is an avid reader, award-winning author, and popular speaker, and has taught at elementary and university levels. A former Jesuit priest, Dr. Bozuzuti-Jones has missionary experience in Belize, Brazil, and Guyana. He lives in West Cornwall, CT.
Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mark Richardson is Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
"This is not a 'feel good' book. It is not about how we should all be nice to strangers at coffee hour. This is a book about the very hard challenges that face any of us when we decide to step outside of our isolation for the sake of the gospel. . . . [T]his book is that rare combination of deep spirituality and pragmatism. . . . The call to take on the challenges of 'radical welcome' is for the growth of the community, not only in numbers, but in spirit, imagination, and strength. This is a book about the future envisioned by the gospel, a future that extends the love of Christ in all directions."
-From the foreword by Stephen Charleston, author of The Four Vision Quests of Jesus and former Bishop of Alaska and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School
"The beautiful thing about re-revisiting Radical Welcome fifteen years on is discovering that it has a timelessness and relevance that we critically need today. . . . The vision of who we can be, truly reflecting the image of God, is stunningly beautiful and more than worth the effort."
-The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
"When I read Radical Welcome fifteen years ago, I knew that it was deeply thoughtful and theologically grounded. I didn't-couldn't have-known that it was also futuristic, even prophetic. Today, a much wider audience is seeking to embrace diversity in ways that are authentically faithful rather than simply socially tasteful, 'woke, ' and de rigueur. I am grateful to have this resource to read again, with its new essays and updates, and to commend it to those who are becoming aware of the intentionality building a truly welcoming community requires."
-Sarah B. Drummond, Founding Dean, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School
Praise from the first edition:
"More than a primer, more than a handbook, Spellers offers us a thoughtful, in-depth look at what 'radical welcome' really entails-discernment, openness and willingness to change, along with intentional "holy boldness." A must-read for any who dare entertain the idea of authentic Christian inclusivity."
-The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, Bishop Suffragan (Ret.), Diocese of Massachusetts
"This a book about renewal. About growth. About intelligent change. I believe that any person who cares for authentic ministry in open and affirming ways will find a home in radical welcome. This is a resource many of us have been waiting for. It is a message whose time has come."
-The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Dean and President, Episcopal Divinity School Bishop of Alaska (Ret.)