BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

"I can't believe that you let me sign your table the first time I came to your house for dinner.  I'm surprised that you don't want to be sure that I'm going to come back." "Of course!" I replied, "Everyone who shares a meal with us at our table is invited to sign it regardless … Continue reading BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

A significant part of what I do in practicing hospitality with a community of young adults is blessing and sending them into the next chapter of their story. Every time someone who attends our community dinners moves away - we go around the circle at our table and everyone speaks an affirmation over the member … Continue reading HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

It's one of the most common questions that I'm asked when I'm sharing about hospitality. "Do you invite different people into your home, or the same people?" And my reply is always, "Both." I believe there is tremendous value in opening our front door wide to invite people to our tables for one time affairs. … Continue reading BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

"Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s on their twitter profiles. Let’s instead start reminding them of who they are. Let’s start conversations that don’t begin and end with who has the most interesting job in the room." - Cadence Turpin … Continue reading A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

I said to my husband, "Check the bathrooms and make sure they aren't gross." That was my standard of cleanliness last Sunday when we hosted a gathering for young adults.  Not gross. I had agreed to host this summertime potluck and discussion group months ago.  And I had a great vision for how this time … Continue reading NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS