Ministry Theme of the Month
Hospitality refers to the relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with goodwill, including the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Hospitality has been described as the virtue of a great soul that cares for the whole universe through the ties with humanity.
- What were you taught about hospitality growing up?
- What did hospitality mean within your family of origin?
- What did it mean to you when you were younger?
- How have you experienced hospitality differently in other families? In other cultures?
What understanding of hospitality strongly influences the behavior of you and those close to you?
- Does it mean being courageous? Open to new ideas? Accepting of those who were different than you?
- Do you consider yourself to have an enriched understanding of hospitality?
- Did your family’s definition of hospitality have a shadow side?
- Looking back, do you wish they had embodied it differently? What remains meaningful and important to you about the way they embodied hospitality?
Radical hospitality is based on listening to and acceptance of the other, and on the conviction that every life is sacred. But acceptance is not synonymous with condoning all about the other, or agreeing with the other. It is about receiving, rather than judging. Radical hospitality challenges our sense of what is “normal” or “acceptable.” Radical hospitality is a challenge for living communities. We are called to actively make room for the marginalized, the excluded, the disenfranchised.
(Sources: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love, Daniel Homan & Lonni Collins Pratt; sermon entitled “Radical Hospitality”, Carol Gallagher; sermon titled “Jesus’ Radical Love and Radical Hospitality”, Arlene K. Nehring)
July 2018: Story, August: Curiosity, September: Covenant, October: Healing, November: Gratitude, December: Deep Listening, January 2019: Imagination, February: Knowing, March: Generosity, April: Invitation, May: Hope, June: Hospitality