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What is equity-based hospitality?
Equity-based hospitality is embracing the biblical practice of welcoming both friends and strangers in generous, kind, respectful, flexible, barrier-free ways. It takes people’s needs into account so that they can find space to truly belong, live into their God-given gifts and callings, and contribute to the body of Christ in unique, strengthening ways. This practice embraces the mutual hospitality of guest and host and can be readily adapted to different contexts.
The nine values of equity-based hospitality
Sense of belonging and ability to contribute
Access for all
Authenticity, vulnerability, and humility
Care for content and context
Attention to power dynamics
Prioritizing the needs of others
Respecting participation levels
What Is Hospitality?
Examine hospitality in the Bible, find out the difference between equity and equality, and get ideas to start practicing biblical hospitality.
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Learn how to identify barriers that stand in the way of people accessing God’s community and remove them.
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Understand how to create a hospitable environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has the ability to contribute.
Reflect on the ripple effect that creating a sense of belonging can have.
Learn how to assess spiritual gifts and invite people to use theirs.
“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” –Leviticus 19:33-34
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” –1 Peter 4:10