Hospitality is the virtue that that helps us love others by welcoming and making space for them. It is “more than an articulated stance…it is a welcoming presence and posture lived out in practices, gestures, and details” (Boswell, 2018).
Hospitality means creating a safe, comfortable, and inviting space for others to be authentically themselves and have their needs met. It means helping others feel at home. It communicates to others that they matter. It pays attention to what others need (especially what they tell us they need).
Hospitality often requires preparation and readiness for unexpected visitors. It is generous and open-handed, holding what is “ours” loosely and ready to share. It takes demonstrative stands against all forms of exclusion, prejudice, and oppression. It is an antidote to fear, discomfort, and neglect.
Hospitality affirms “that of God” in others and responds with self-giving love.
Hospitality calls us to see Christ in others.
What else does hospitality mean to you?
Key Scripture: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
How are we making space for others to authentically express themselves and their needs?
To whom is God inviting us to extend sanctuary and give refuge?
How are we expressing hospitality though our theological language, worship practices, and social action?
What spaces am I responsible for and how am I helping make those spaces more hospitable?
How are we prioritizing the safety and contributions of marginalized communities in the spaces for which we are responsible?
How can CFC’s indoor spaces and outdoor spaces be more welcoming?
How am I showing new folks in our meeting that they belong? How am I showing long-time members of our meeting that they belong?
What does it mean for our gatherings to be “safe spaces”? Safe for/from what? Safe for whom?
Am I actively giving food? Drink? Welcome? Clothing? Nurture? My physical presence? (Matthew 25:35-36)
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