One’s motivation for practicing hospitality is not insignificant. Dr. Pohl explains the importance of inviting people into our lives as we live them as opposed to seeing hospitality as a project or performance.  This clip is from Dr. Christine Pohl’s session on Strengthening the Practice of 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 Addressing the Difficulties and Strengthening the Practice of Hospitality [33:13] (Download)

Overview: In a culture of fear and overwhelming busy-ness, calls to practice hospitality can seem risky and overwhelming. Closing the door can seem safer and more practical.But the Gospel opens outward, and learning to use the other practices in negotiating some of the difficulties can open up new ways of dealing with the challenges that arise in offering welcome.

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