Quote of the week, The Essence of Hospitality in a Divided Culture, by Henri Nouwen

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The Essence of Hospitality in a Divided Culture

“Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”

—Henri J. M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life (New York: Image, 1986), 71.

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