Tag Archive: hospitality

Teaching Faith to Children

While they might also learn in a Sunday School program, children and youth best learn to practice Christian faith from the adults around them in  the midst of everyday life.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and godparents can all pass on practices of faith that nurture lives marked by hospitality, forgiveness, and healing.  Susan R….

Advent Hospitality

In the Christmas story, we hear about Joseph and a very pregnant Mary arriving in Bethlehem, seeking shelter and hospitality in an inn.  And in our Western telling of it, we look down on the inn-keeper who failed to provide it.  Marilyn Borst  writes that first century Middle Eastern ears probably heard a much different…

Welcoming the Stranger

Hospitality as Spiritual Practice “Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” Romans 12:13 In the Bible, offering hospitality is a moral imperative. God’s people remember that they were once strangers and refugees who were taken in by God. In the Bible, the Greek word xenos means “stranger”, but also “guest” and…

Hospitality

Offering Welcome in Christ’s Name The need for shelter is a fundamental human need. None of us ever knows for sure when we might be uprooted and cast on the mercy of others.  But how do we overcome our fear in order to welcome and shelter a stranger? The Christian practice of hospitality is the…

Challenge of Christian Community

“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God…”   Acts 2 Acts 2 paints a glorious picture of Christian community: living together in harmony and joy.  Who hasn’t longed to belong to a community like…