When our hospitality is empowered by a vision of the Kin’dom of God, rather than the values of the dominant culture, it includes a commitment to extend welcome and friendship not only to those who are likeable, and “like us,” but also, in equal measure, to those who are unlikeable, and/or different culturally, socially or in any other way.
Here at the Peace House radical hospitality means:
- Welcoming strangers without regard to gender preference, race, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, economic status or any other humanly contrived distinction.
- Offering bed, breakfast and personal support to travelers engaged in the work of peace-making, justice-seeking, community building and healing—or resting for a time from the work of their calling.
- Making gathering space available, as we are able and without charge, for public activities that encourage and support peace, justice, community and healing.
- Offering hospice care, as we are able, to persons who are approaching death.
- Serving a free weekly communal meal and other services to houseless and other low-income persons (at Sunnyside Community House).
- Offering emergency shelter, food, and other services to houseless persons on cold winter nights.
- Providing sanctuary to refugees facing potential deportation.