I was chatting with a good friend the other night and he made an interesting statement. Having spent the last 20 or more years seeking to practice hospitality by sharing his home with others (i.e. he was living in a ‘new monastic’ community, long before that term was coined), he has become increasingly dissillusioned with the efficacy and value of this model. Instead, he and his wife will be selling their home and will begin living below the poverty line (perhaps in a squat, or in a van, or somewhere else). When reflecting upon this, he stated that he has come to the conclusion that hospitality can only be practiced within the context of justice. Living as we do within the context of deeply rooted injustices, he concluded that hospitality is not possible. Therefore, we agreed that talk of hospitality needs to be reframed around the concrete practice of mutuality, just as talk about charity needs to be reframed around the concrete practice of solidarity. I think such a reframing has potential. Any other thoughts?
Posted by: Dan | January 15, 2010
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