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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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Gathering around the Table of Fellowship

Gathering around the Table of Fellowship

Lake Street Church

(p.80) SIX Gathering around the Table of Fellowship
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

Lake Street Church, officially affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA denomination, is “intentionally ambiguous” about its identity and draws only loose boundaries between Christians and non-Christians. Each year the church invites non-Christian representatives to participate in its Worldwide Community Sunday. The pastor sees this celebration as a way to be as “radically inclusive” as Jesus was in his own table fellowship. The church also offers regular programs on world religions, including Hindu and Buddhist meditation. The chapter features a Bhagavad Gita discussion group and interviews with church members who find Lake Street Church a supportive community for their spiritual journey. “Spiritual seekers, regardless of racial, sexual, or religious orientations are all welcome!” proclaims a church brochure, which notes that more than sixteen religious traditions are represented in the congregation.

Keywords:   Lake Street Church, American Baptist Churches USA, inclusive, table fellowship, world religions, Hindu meditation, Buddhist meditation, Bhagavad Gita, spiritual seekers

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