Our next stop in the Cathedral of Learning was the Ukraine room.
This was one of the neater rooms as far as I was concerned. I felt I stepped into someone’s home in Ukraine.
It felt like a cozy kitchen, welcoming us, just a little before dinner. I could almost imagine an old grandmotherly-type figure reaching for the plates and urging us to sit down so we could eat the wonderful food that was lovingly made.
I loved the detail in the in cover over the chalkboard.
And the tribute to the importance of faith in the culture. The icons are gorgeous.
Lessons for the church – there are many here, but I’ll limit myself to the most important that I took away. That would be the importance of authentic hospitality. Even without a person in this room, the environment it is in urges us to feel welcomed. Church can be a welcoming place as well. There are certainly enough people who feel left out, outcast, and on the outside. If the church isn’t a place to welcome these people, then where are they going to go? It’s our call to welcome those that society finds unwelcome.