Fling Wide the Gates
It is a strange thing about humans, but true: open gates and open doors generally feel more welcoming than no gate at all. The absence of walls, boundaries, fences and gates gives no signal about welcome or unwelcome, while a gate, thrwon open, says, “Come on in.” The New Jerusalem of John’s Apocallypse has 12 gates to the city — a gracious, extravagant welcome.
The 2008 CWTA contemplated and celebrated open gates:
- Daily worship, always a highlight of the conference, served as a gateway into the welcoming presence of Grace.
- The gates of a beautifully renovated Boe Memorial Chapel will were thrown open for conference participants to enjoy, featuring the newly built Holtkamp pipe organ.
- Thoughtful lectures, plenary addresses and seminars opened gates to new understanding.
- And through the lively mix of learning and worship, all were called to a renewal of life in a covenant where love and justice work together to “Fling Wide the Gates.”