Why Radical Hospitality?

December 18, 2023

Why Hospitality?

In a world that often seems to be moving at an ever-increasing pace, where technology connects us instantly but can sometimes leave us feeling disconnected, the significance of hospitality stands out as a beacon of human connection. At Hope House UTC, we believe that hospitality is not just a virtue but the very heartbeat that sustains our community. Our mission statement reflects this: Making God known through the radical hospitality of Jesus Christ

Hospitality is more than just a warm welcome; it’s an attitude of openness, inclusivity, and a genuine desire to make others feel valued. At Hope House, hospitality is woven into the fabric of our community, creating an environment where everyone feels like they belong. Hope House is always staffed, so you’ll have a familiar face to help you feel right at home. Tiffanie is our Executive Director / Campus Minister, Terry is our Director of Hospitality, and you’ll also find a rotating crew of interns who are happy to help as well!

For students (including graduate students) and recent graduates, Hope House is a home away from home. Our commitment to providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere goes beyond the physical structure of the building, although it is a cozy place! You can eat here, take a nap, do some laundry, or take a much-needed break to play.

By creating an environment where individuals feel comfortable and supported, Hope House becomes a fertile ground for learning, creativity, and self-discovery. We strive to build bridges that connect people from various walks of life, creating a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

In the bustling corridors and shared spaces of Hope House UTC, hospitality is not just a concept; it’s a living, breathing force that shapes the essence of our community. As we continue our journey together, let us carry the torch of hospitality, fostering connections, celebrating diversity, and creating a home where everyone is not only welcome but truly belongs. Because at Hope House UTC, hospitality isn’t just a virtue; it’s our way of life.

Jesus and Hospitality 

Jesus is often regarded as a profound example of hospitality, embodying the principles of love, kindness, and inclusivity in his interactions with people from all walks of life. His life and teachings offer several instances that showcase the model of hospitality he provided.

Welcoming the Outcasts

Jesus consistently reached out to those on the margins of society and he didn’t shy away from associating with those considered social outcasts. By doing so, he demonstrated a radical form of hospitality that went beyond societal norms, showing compassion and acceptance to those often rejected by others.

Sharing Meals

Sharing a meal in the ancient Middle Eastern culture was a symbol of intimacy, fellowship, and acceptance. Jesus’ choice to dine with people regardless of their social status emphasized the importance of breaking bread together as a means of fostering connection and unity.

The Story of Zacchaeus

One notable example is the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus, a tax collector. Despite societal disdain for tax collectors, Jesus invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house for a meal. This act of hospitality not only surprised the crowd but also transformed Zacchaeus, leading to repentance and a commitment to make amends for any wrongs he had committed.

Feeding the Multitudes

The miracles of feeding the five thousand and the four thousand exemplify Jesus’ concern for the physical well-being of the people around him. By multiplying a small amount of food to feed a multitude, Jesus demonstrated his compassionate nature, providing for the needs of those who followed him.

Washing the Disciples’ Feet

Perhaps one of the most poignant displays of hospitality is Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. In a society where foot washing was a task reserved for the lowliest of servants, Jesus, the revered teacher, humbled himself to serve his disciples. This act not only illustrated the value of humility but also emphasized the importance of serving others with love.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

While not a direct personal action of Jesus, the parable of the Good Samaritan, shared by Jesus, teaches a powerful lesson about hospitality and compassion. It challenges societal prejudices and emphasizes the importance of extending help to those in need, regardless of cultural or social differences.

Jesus modeled hospitality through his unconditional love, acceptance of all individuals, willingness to share meals, acts of service, and compassion for those often overlooked by society. His example continues to inspire many to embrace a deeper, more inclusive form of hospitality in their own lives.

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