What Is Hospitality? ( Introductory Workshop Reasoning For Teaching And Modeling Hospitality

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WHAT IS HOSPITALITY? (Introductory Workshop Reasoning for the Importance of Teaching and modelling Hospitality in the Classroom) When the word ‘hospitality’ is mentioned in today’s context, visions of the television serious ‘Master Chef’ comes into the minds of many. This is a vision of a commercialised, profit driven hospitality that is far removed from the Christian view of what it means to be hospitable. The word ‘hospitality’ however does not have a universal definition and therefore it is necessary to identify what this term means and what it would look like in the context of a learning community as well as in a classroom. Hospitality in its purist form can be considered the acceptance of another person in their entirety; without prejudice or judgment of their character or behaviour. As Palmer (1981) suggests, hospitality “means valuing the strangeness of the stranger……It means meeting the stranger’s needs while allowing him or her to be, without attempting to make the stranger over into a modified version of ourselves” (p.). Letty M Russell also states that hospitality is “the practice of God’s welcome, embodied in our actions as we reach across difference to participate with God in bringing justice and healing to our world in crisis”. It is therefore an acceptance that all humans are unique and created this way by God, and as such, a perfect reflection of his image. Anderson (2011) offers an insight into a hospitable classroom when considering students with

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