Hospitality is the love of strangers—those who are without a place or away from their place. Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35). Who are the strangers in your world that need welcome? This clip is from Dr. Christine Pohl’s session on Hospitality in the seminar “Cultivating Community and Worship: Practices that Define and Sustain Us” at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in June 2016.

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Listen to the entire session on Hospitality: The Grace and Challenge of Making Room [33:25] (Download)

Overview: Hospitality is a practice that builds community and also expands it. Appreciating the importance of hospitality requires that we also take seriously the challenges that arise in welcoming people. We simultaneously seek to offer hospitality and to maintain a valued identity, cultivate community, and deal with limited resources.

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