hospitality

Loving our Neighbour as host, guest or partner?

Loving our Neighbour as host, guest or partner?

Any language learner will know that language mirrors culture and often reveals the values which underpin the life of a group. I had a fresh insight of this when I…

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Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Men are sitting on the floor, plates in front of them. They talk easily among themselves, barely acknowledging the presence of the young unmarried women who move around the group,…

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Shaping our relationships with trust

Shaping our relationships with trust

While we affirm trust as a fundamental of relationships, grasping and navigating its meaning and practice can, quite frankly, feel almost impossible. Trust has different meanings. People speak about it…

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The Power of Breast Milk

The Power of Breast Milk

“Can you come and squirt some of your breast milk into our nephew’s eyes? He’s got sore eyes, and it will help them.” At the time I was asked, I…

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People of Peace / Gatekeepers

People of Peace / Gatekeepers

Jesus said to her, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband - for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”…

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Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name

Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name

Title of Book: Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name Author: Mona Siddiqui Publisher, Year: Yale University Press, 2015 Reviewed by: C.H.   Mona Siddiqui introduces her book with the…

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Wedding

Wedding

My neighbours had invited me to join them at a relative’s wedding in a Middle Eastern city.  We were given a tiny welcome cup of coffee when we arrived, then…

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Being the guest: standing on holy ground

Being the guest: standing on holy ground

My experiences of hospitality in the Middle East North Africa, and South Asia, has always been that of generous hospitality. Along with some colleagues, I was invited to an iftar…

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Hospitality and God at Christmas

Hospitality and God at Christmas

We find recipes, work out quantities and make shopping lists; then we carefully combine ingredients. We take time to set up the place for hospitality, with places for people to…

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Hospitality among the diaspora

Hospitality among the diaspora

Continuing to explore hospitality, we ask what form it takes among the diaspora? Receiving hospitality I’m visiting my Lebanese friend Mariam at 3 in the afternoon. ‘Do you want something…

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