In last Sunday’s sermon, I invited you to bring a friend or a relative to services with you this Sunday, November 1st, somebody you know in your life who might be interested in being part of this community, who might benefit from being here and belonging here, if only they knew about us. I know that some of you engage in such personal outreach from time to time already, but I made this invitation because this Sunday is this year’s Bring a Friend to Church Day, our second here at the Fellowship, and something first suggested by our Religious Education Committee. (Our children’s RE program is certainly a big part of our good news, so why shouldn’t we share that with more people?)
In making that invitation, I also made the claim that there was almost certainly someone in your life who might benefit from being here and belonging here, if only they knew about us. How could I know? Well, the people who study such things tell us that four out of every five people who are not currently part of any congregation would at least visit one if they were asked by a trusted friend or relative, but only two percent of church-going people actually invite anyone else to come with them in a given year. And although the people who study such things almost always do so from a majority Christian perspective, we all know from personal experience that the equivalent holds for people who would be a part of a Unitarian Universalist congregation if only they’d heard of Unitarian Universalism.
Now don’t worry: you won’t be turned away at the door if you don’t have a friend with you! But let’s see what we can do to reach out to the people who need us in their lives, to shine the light of our liberal faith out into the world. Let’s not just be who we already say we are and should be — a safe place for spiritual diversity and individual growth, an empowering place for raising justice and healing the soul of the world — but let’s also be known for it!