After reading about East Waynesville Baptist Church in Waynesville, NC, which recently expelled nine members for refusing to "repent" for their non-support of George W. Bush and the Republican Party platform (40 other members resigned in protest)...the first thing that came to mind was...what a great outreach opportunity.
If I had a church in or around Waynesville, I'd hang a huge banner outside, EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE. I'd put that on the church signboard. I'd run ads on the local radio station with the same message. I'd pass the hat around my congregation and do a bulk mailing. I'd throw an ice cream social on the front lawn.
And...I'd encourage the other churches in the community to do the same thing. So that East Waynesville Baptist Church would wind up surrounded by churches declaring to the community, EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE.
That's what I'd do, anyway.