Joining the Network is a public statement about how BUMC is welcoming and fully including LGBTQ persons. However, our work is not done. Going forward, we will be intentional about putting the welcoming principles for LGBTQ persons, and all persons, into “real life” practice. Authentic hospitality doesn’t just happen. We have to be prepared. We will be intentional about learning how to do this well, and we will seek to learn from the successes and failures of other churches in the network. But for now, let’s celebrate this wonderful step that our congregation has taken!