[Vision2020] what is hospitality?
kjajmix1 at msn.com
Sat Sep 29 17:39:27 PDT 2007
For heaven's sake, Pat, of course we can look at "other experiences." We just can't call them by the wrong name -- a more favorable name, even -- and continue the discussion.
"God works patiently and deeply, but often in hidden ways, in the mess of our humanity and history."
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> From: pkraut at moscow.com
> Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 00:08:51 +0000
> Subject: Re: [Vision2020] what is hospitality?
> Ok, this would work for you but others see it differently and I have had
> it work in other ways in my life. So we should work only from your
> experiences or can we look at other options??
> > I left yesterday's NSA candidates' forum before the audience questions
> came> in. Someone asked Wayne Krauss about the recent boarding house
> ordinance;> Krauss answered, according to the Daily News, that it was a
> question of
> wh> en "a guest becomes a boarder."
> > Huh.
> > My mama always taught me that guests are the people you invite to enjoy
> you> r family's company, your home, your food and drink and some Jello-
> des> sert. For free. The women on both sides of my family, going
> b> ack, would smack me silly if I ever collected a fee from those I
> > I'm just now getting comfortable with the idea of a potluck; it runs
> agains> t my grain. Still, guests are people invited who are required to
> NOT> HING and pay NOTHING. And I accommodate guests based on what my home
> f> amily can reasonably handle. I don't go out and buy a five- or
> six-bedroom> home knowing that my "guest fees" will cover part of the
> Hospit> ality is a gift, not a for-profit venture.
> > Jeff and I have also had people live with us, again for free, when
> > in desperate straits. We wouldn't accept payment from them -- we were
> eng> aging in hospitality to "the least of these" who probably couldn't
> pai> d us back anyway. Certainly no one reading this would fail to offer
> whatev> er they could provide to someone in need, and we're no different.
> Hospital> ity is a ministry, not a fee-based social service.
> > If one of our elderly parents were sick, we would without question have
> the> m in our home as long as we could provide the kind of care they
> Ho> spitality is an obligation of family, not a burden.
> > On the other hand, if we had someone who lived with us because of
> convenien> ce, someone who wanted to hang with our family while she or he
> studied or
> w> orked or prepared for marriage, we might agree to let them, and we would
> as> k them to help offset expenses, with the idea that we were substitutes
> > dorm or apartment living and costs. I would accept a couple of hundred
> > so, or a bag or two of groceries a week, or help with the heating bill --
> a> nd then I'd go down to City Hall to get my CUP. Boarding is a neutral
> thin> g, morally, not an opportunity to break the law.
> > And while I may be -- would hope to be -- a hospitable host, I would be
> cle> ar that my making hundreds of dollars from three or four or five
> i> s NOT hospitality. It's probably not even a smart idea, but the City
> Counc> il is in charge of holding the City responsible for enforcing the
> law, not
> > probing the ministerial or filial motive of living arrangements. Real
> hosp> itality knows nothing of casual law-breaking, profit, investing in
> > houses, or cries of persecution. I would expect classically-educated
> Chris> tians to be aware of what my beloved grandmother knew with only an
> eighth-g> rade education and a Catholic Missalette.
> > keely
> > "God works patiently and deeply, but often in hidden ways, in the mess of
> o> ur humanity and history."
> > --Eugene Peterson
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