Action in Welcoming

A Spirit of Welcome

Holy Cross Church is about action. Maybe you wouldn’t think so if you join us for worship Sundays at 9:30 am, because there is a lot of sitting (standing, too, and singing). But our faith is active and vital, and, especially this year, we are focusing on Inclusivity.

As we talk about Inclusivity, let’s talk about our Latino neighbors. We are in a part of town (Salem) where many Latino families make their homes. We reach out to our neighbors in many ways, but it seems like worship is still just for English speakers. We are taking steps at Holy Cross to move to bilingual worship in some form. September 15 at 9:30 am was our first bilingual worship, and Manuel Borbon, mission developer for Latino ministry here in Oregon, was the worship leader, and preacher. We don’t know exactly where this is going to go – but we are excited about the possibilities.

Lastly, we are a sanctuary denomination as of this year (an action taken by our Churchwide Assembly). What does that mean? We’re still figuring that out. We know for sure it means that we are on the side of migrants and refugees, especially children and families who find themselves in the difficult position of being a refugee or migrant. Some churches have determined that means allowing folks to seek asylum in their worship spaces. Some have determined that means lobbying for refugee rights at the capital. There are many conversations about this right now at Holy Cross. We will figure it out. And stand for people on the margins, who are oppressed. That’s who we are.

Maybe you should join us. We would be glad to meet you.

Reverend Patricia Wolf Hughes, BCC