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Introduction, Session 6: Welcome One and All

In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program

Benedict tells us to offer an open heart, a stance of availability, and to look for God lurking in every single person who comes through the door. —Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. — Christian scripture, Matthew 25:35

This session is based on the notion that justice and goodness require an attitude of radical hospitality towards all others, regardless of race, class, or creed. In their book, Radical Hospitality (Paraclete Press, 2002), Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt amplify this notion, which is also a natural extension of our first Unitarian Universalist principle, which affirms the worth and dignity of all people.

Participants will hear a Middle Eastern folk tale about Mullah Nasruddin, who arrives at a dinner party in farming clothes only to be ignored. After changing into fancy clothes, he is greeted warmly and welcomed wholeheartedly. Nasruddin proceeds to feed his coat, proclaiming it is the garments that have been welcomed, not the person wearing them. "Welcome" is added to the Moral Compass poster.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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