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Making Room: Recovering Hospitality As a Christian Tradition
Christine D. Pohl
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For most of church history, hospitality was central to Christian identity. Yet our generation knows little about this rich, life-giving practice.
In Making Room Christine Pohl revisits the discipline of welcoming strangers and provides the foundation for renewed commitment to recovering hospitality as a Christian tradition.
Combining biblical and historical research with extensive interviewing of people in contemporary communities of hospitality the Catholic Worker, L'Abri, L'Arche, Good Works, Jubilee Partners, St. John's Abbey, and others Pohl explores anew the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of practicing hospitality today.
Casual readers beware: Making Room is guaranteed to challenge even the most complacent Christian. You are not likely to walk away from this book unchanged.
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[Pohl] effectively weaves biblical insight, historical precedent, and practical wisdom, exploring how concern for strangers has been normative from ancient times. To revitalize this "moral dimension," Pohl challenges readers to move beyond their safety of hosting people within their familiar social or economic world. While contemporary examples focus on intentional Christian communitiessuch as L'Abri or the Catholic Workerthe book has rich implications for house- or church-based ministry. Ultimately, readers from any church background will learn that as they make room for others in their homes, more room will become available to them to receive God's blessings.
Making Room is a welcome reminder that as God's people we are all called to be hospitable to others, whether or not we have what some call "the gift of hospitality." The book would most appeal to those desiring to make a difference in the lives of others through hospitality.
Christine Pohl addresses a surprisingly undiscovered topic in Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. Far from a Martha Stewart handbook for Christians, Pohl's work focuses on the nitty-gritty of forging community hospitality, as evidenced in such organizations as The Catholic Worker, L'Abri and The Open Door. Hospitality, she writes, should be more about welcoming strangers than friends and family.
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About the Author
Christine D. Pohl is Professor of Christian social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
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Appendix: Communities of Hospitality
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