Scott and his wife went to see Falsettos at the Jewish Community Center recently. This raised some questions for them about what are the appropriate uses of the physical space of a congregation. I am not able respond fully to the question for the Jewish Community Center, but would like to respond from what I know at Resurrection.
At Resurrection, we hope to be a place that is welcoming to the community. This is played out in many different ways including hosting: the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series, Bible Study Fellowship, an annual event for teachers in the Blue Valley School District. Hosting outside events is part of our vision of transforming the community. It also creates an opportunity for those who might not otherwise ever experience the hospitality of the people at Resurrection to have a taste of some of what it means to live in community as a part of the congregation.
What events would we not host? I am less clear of that list and know that the team of Executive Staff have the opportunity for final approval for any outside event. Like all that we do here, their decisions are based on our purpose of building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.
Scott, thanks for the question and hope that you enjoy this response. If you have a question to which you would like to hear my response or a topic which you would be interested in reading my thoughts – send me an email or ask when you see me.