Monday, March 13, 2006

SUBVERSIVE HOSPITALITY

“Because the practice of hospitality is so significant in establishing and reinforcing social relationships and moral bonds, we notice its more subversive character only when socially undervalued persons are welcomed. In contrast to a more tame hospitality that welcomes persons already well situated in a community, hospitality that welcomes ‘the least’ and recognizes their equal value can be an act of resistance and defiance, a challenge to the values and expectations of the larger community.” from Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, Christine Pohl

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