Reaching The Online Generation

An Initiative of CityTeam Ministries

Hospitality and Generosity

Posted on | June 25, 2008 |

Peter Block, in his book ‘Community: The Structure of Belonging’ says:

“Community offers the promise of belonging and calls for us to acknowledge our interdependence.  To belong is to act as an investor, owner, and creator of this place.  To be welcome, even if we are strangers.  As if we came to the right place and are affirmed for that choice.

To feel a sense of belonging is important because it will lead us from conversations about safety and comfort to other conversations, such as our relatedness and willingness to provide hospitality and generosity.  Hospitality is the welcoming of strangers, and generosity is an offer with no expectation of return.  These are two elements that we want to nurture as we work to create, strengthen, and restore our communities.  This will not occur in a culture dominated by isolation, and its correlate, fear.”

Do you need anyone?  Do you on some level acknowledge your interdependence, or do you try to do things in isolation?

Are you generous?  How do you cultivate generosity in your life and in the life of your community?

Are you hospitable?  Is your community hospitable?  How do you cultivate hospitality in yourself and your community?

If hospitality and generosity are essential elements of community, how do we demonstrate hospitality and generosity online?  How do we  cultivate them?

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