God's Welcome in a World of Difference
Westminster John Knox Press, Paperback, 9780664233150, 138pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2009
In this book, theologian Letty Russell redefines the commonly held notion of hospitality as she challenges her readers to consider what it means to welcome the stranger. In doing so, she implores persons of faith to join the struggles for justice.
Rather than an act of limited, charitable welcome, Russell maintains that true hospitality is a process that requires partnership with the "other" in our divided world. The goal is "just hospitality," that is, hospitality with justice.
Russell draws on feminist and postcolonial thinking to show how we are colonized and colonizing, each of us bearing the marks of the history that formed us. With an insightful analysis of the power dynamics that stem from our differences and a constructive theological theory of difference itself, Russell proposes concrete strategies to create a more just practice of hospitality.
Clarkson is Assistant Professor of Education at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT.
Kate M. Ott is a Christian ethicist and activist. Dr. Ott educates and writescurricula for faith communities on issues of sexuality, childhood/adolescence, and moral decision making. Dr. Ott is coauthor of the second edition ofA Time to Speak: Faith Communities and Sexuality Education. She wrote the"Sexuality Education Curricula for Faith Communities: An Annotated Bibliography."Her current writing project is a book, Sexuality, Faith, and Family: Talking to Our Children from Toddlers to Teens.