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Longing for HomeForced Displacement and Postures of Hospitality$
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M. Jan Holton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207620

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207620.001.0001

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Postures of Hospitality

Postures of Hospitality

(p.166) Eight Postures of Hospitality
Longing for Home

M. Jan Holton

Yale University Press

Forced displacement compels a response from communities of faith whose members affirm that social justice is a ground for the human moral obligation to care for the other. Christians, as are all faith communities rooted in love, are challenged to live into becoming a hospitable community. This hospitality goes beyond traditional practices of welcoming in to what is familiar to us. Rather, by embracing posturesof hospitality, an ethos of relational commitment, we can step outside of what is familiar to learn what home is for the other and in the process invite transformative change to all in the encounter. This hospitality is modeled on the ministry of Jesus, who was a fierce advocate for the marginalized and displaced. He sacrificed home to move into the world and, in each act of his ministry, offered himself in hospitality to all of us.

Keywords:   Hospitality, God, Relationship, Vulnerability, social justice, love

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