Embodying Hospitality by Listening for Understanding

This is an incredible blog by my classmate Brian Hayes. We need to do a better job of listening.

The Tablet

istock_000017297547smallBy Brian Hayes
Staff Writer

Our mission statement at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity declares that we are growing “to be agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in Christian churches and other ministries.” This is a beautiful and powerful vision for our students. However, before we attempt to realize this mission “in Christian churches and other ministries,” these ideals should first be fully manifested within the Wake Div community. Before we can effectively attempt to build communities in the world based on “justice, reconciliation, and compassion,” these attributes ought to be expansively evident in our midst.

For whatever reason, it is often easier to consider how we can be “agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion” for people out in the world than for our fellow classmates. But we do not have to go beyond the walls of Wingate Hall to find those who feel marginalized and voiceless. There…

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