We explored some examples of ‘hospitality’ – suggestions included welcoming, acceptance, open, being active, social, interactive, spending time. We acknowledged that hospitality is easier to express with people we know. How to offer hospitality with neighbours and people we don’t know? What should the churches role be in engaging in refugee situations – in NZ and elsewhere, child poverty?
We discussed some of the issues of engaging with people – some just accept what they are told and don’t engage by asking questions; perhaps they are uncomfortable with complications so ‘KISS’. We reflect views of our experiences, need to values their experiences (even if they don’t agree with ours) to meet them where they are. Apathy is a greater danger than diverse views.