Reverend Melora Lynngood – We say we welcome everyone here. We say everyone can come as their authentic, true, whole selves. No hiding necessary. And yet some of us may still keep our guard up. On Nov. 8 we explore how some of us may still stumble and unintentionally say something that makes another feel like they need to keep their guard up. How do we use language and behave in ways that foster, affirm, and support authentic living? We’ll look at ways we can use language to welcome human vulnerability as well as ways to use language to welcome human diversity (e.g., race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation).