[Vision2020] what is hospitality?

keely emerinemix 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."
--Eugene Peterson

> To: vision2020 at mail-gw.fsr.net
> 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-
> based
> des> sert.  For free.  The women on both sides of my family, going 
> generations
> b> ack, would smack me silly if I ever collected a fee from those I 
> invited. 
> > 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 
> bring
> NOT> HING and pay NOTHING.  And I accommodate guests based on what my home 
> and
> 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 
> mortgage. 
> Hospit> ality is a gift, not a for-profit venture.
> > 
> > Jeff and I have also had people live with us, again for free, when 
> they're
> > 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 
> have
> 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 
> needed. 
> 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 
> for
> > dorm or apartment living and costs.  I would accept a couple of hundred 
> or
> > 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 
> boarders
> 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 
> too-big
> > 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
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > _________________________________________________________________
> > Invite your mail contacts to join your friends list with Windows Live
> Space> s. It's easy!
> > http://spaces.live.com/spacesapi.aspx?wx_action=create&wx_url=/friends.> 
> aspx&mkt=en-us> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> This message was sent by First Step Internet.
>            http://www.fsr.com/
> =======================================================
>  List services made available by First Step Internet, 
>  serving the communities of the Palouse since 1994.   
>                http://www.fsr.net                       
>           mailto:Vision2020 at moscow.com
> =======================================================

News, entertainment and everything you care about at Live.com. Get it now!
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://mailman.fsr.com/pipermail/vision2020/attachments/20070929/0e9e05f0/attachment-0001.html 

More information about the Vision2020 mailing list