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This week is one of the best so far... in my opinion. Pohl gets into some really interesting content about hospitality as resistance. In this fourth chapter of the book She explains the importance of recognition, resect, and dignity as critical components of hospitality as a spiritual practice rather than an act of charity. The chapter really gets good in the second half when Pohl names the "tensions" within the practice. Some of those are things like: hospitality and human rights, hospitality and the deserving/undeserving, hospitality and security, and the problems with associating hospitality with belief.
This chapter was so good that we just couldn't stop talking about it (which is why this episode is nearly 57 minutes long!). At the end, we find ourselves wrestling with questions like these:
1- What are some of the barriers that are currently in place that keep some populations invisible?
2- What is the difference between helping people and sharing our lives with them?
3- What do meals mean in your household? In your church?
4- How do you feel about encountering God and knowing that you will be held accountable for the ways you have responded to strangers?
Listen in as we discuss this chapter; and don't forget to tell us what you're thinking as you participate in the study!