Radical Hospitality

A good friend of mine works for the William Penn House - a ‘Quaker Center on Capitol Hill’. Here is their definition of hospitality, and I love every word of it:

“Our goal is to simply provide hospitality – a warm place where those gathered can share their hopes, dreams, visions. Among these are family and friends. We ask that people recognize that we do not seek to persuade people in any way. It is an exercise in hospitality – for us to be together, learn together and grow together. We will not agree on all things, and even where we might agree, we will not agree on how we get there. We do ask that we agree to just listen, feel free to speak our truth while allowing others to do the same.

At William Penn House, all are welcome.”

I love this because it reminds me of The Marin Foundation’s motto for the Living in the Tension Gatherings - a level headed means to peaceful and productive engagement surrounding divisive topics.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://www.thediscipleproject@me.com Paul Turner

    Hey andrew, love the post. Need your help though. Have a meeting with our PFLAG tomorrow and I am extremely nervous about it. Can you e-mail me where it is best to contact you via email, etc?

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Hi Paul – just email andrew@themarinfoundation.org and don’t mind the auto-reply in this case, I’ll be on the look out for it asap.


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