What Is In A Name? - By Thomasa McCown, Elder Rep to the Board

A name: a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known. Jesus is called by many names, the Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, and Immanuel. There are many names for God as well YHWH, El, Elohim, and Eloah.

In many cultures there is a naming ceremony or ritual where a child is given his/her name only after careful thought, prayer, and meditation.

We undertook the same careful process when choosing the name:

Welcome Table
A Christian Community
A congregation of the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)

This name speaks to who we are as a Christian congregation and the most important ritual of our denomination, Communion. Where here at Welcome Table, all that have a hunger for love and an appetite for grace are welcomed!

A welcome table also exemplifies one of the most significant acts of Jesus’ ministry. His last Passover meal or what is commonly referred to as the Last Supper. Gathered around him at that table were Jews and Gentiles, as well as those deemed both acceptable and unacceptable.

It is with this understanding of significance and inclusiveness that those gathered for the 2013 Fall Retreat chose the name. The Elders proposed the supporting language for the name. The final step in this naming process is the Board’s approval.

The Board will vote to approve or not approve this proposed name at their meeting on March 10. If you wish to convey any comments about our new name please see any Board member prior to the March meeting. There will be a congregational vote about the name. The decision rests with the Board. A list of our Board members can be found in the current member directory.