Learn how this ancient spiritual practice can transform your relationship with yourself, with others and with God.
“The practice of deep hospitality can help us step into a more vital, vibrant embrace of this great adventure we call life—which includes our relationship with God, however you might define God. . . . It is an invitation to walk through life with a liberating posture of receptivity, reverence, and generosity.”
—from the Introduction
We may think of hospitality as merely being polite to guests, but the ancients understood the profound potential hospitality holds for building and transforming lasting relationships—for binding families together, making strangers into friends, even turning enemies into neighbors.
This practical book provides you with the tools you need to cultivate the spiritual power of invitation and welcome in your life. Guided by Rev. Nanette Sawyer, you will discover the qualities of hospitality—receptivity, reverence, and generosity—and how these qualities can significantly deepen your self-understanding as well as your relationships with others and with God. Drawing from sacred texts and spiritual practitioners from all faiths, this book also addresses the major stumbling blocks that prevent you from becoming truly hospitable.
About the Author
Rev. Nanette Sawyer is founding pastor of Wicker Park Grace, an innovative Christian community in Chicago that holds hospitality as a core value. An ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA), she serves as a representative on the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches USA.
Rev. Dirk Ficca is the executive director of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and moderator of Chicago Presbytery’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hospitality as Transformation
1 Hospitality to God: Welcoming God's Welcome
2 Hospitality to Self: Inviting the Authentic Self
3 Hospitality to Family: Offering Full Presence to Those Closest to Us
4 Hospitality to Neighbors: Becoming the Merciful Neighbor
5 Hospitality to Strangers: Pursuing Kinship Rather than Estrangement
6 Hospitality to Enemies: Extending Generosity through Non-Retaliation
7 Hospitality to Creation: Knowing Creation Relationally
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Exercises and Practices