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CHAPTER 13Bringing Hospitality into the World

We usually associate hospitality with a culture, a social practice, a more personal quality to be admired. In western culture, where individualism and security seem to be priorities, we need to be more thoughtful about how to bring the welcoming of strangers into our daily way of being together.

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The six conversations have power when they occur in a context of hospitality. Here are the design elements for structuring hospitality into our gatherings.

Welcome and Greeting

Greet people at the door; welcome them personally and help them get seated. People enter in isolation. Reduce the isolation they came with; let them know they came to the right place and are not alone.

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