Just Hospitality God's Welcome in a World of Difference

ISBN-10: 0664233155

ISBN-13: 9780664233150

Edition: 2009

Authors: Letty M. Russell

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n this, her last 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. With careful attention, she writes, we can build a network of hospitality that is truthful about our mistakes and inequities, yet determined to resist the contradictions that drive us apart. This kind of genuine solidarity requires us to cast off oppression and domination in order to truly welcome the stranger. Russell¿s lasting message is a highly practical theology for both the academy and the church. The book contains questions for study and reflection.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 4/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Letty M. Russell was one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and a longtime member of the faculty of Yale Divinity School. She died on July 12, 2007, at age 77. She was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Ascension in East Harlem for ten years. She joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School in 1974 and retired in 2001. She wrote and edited numerous books, including Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church, Dictionary of Feminist Theologies (with J. Shannon Clarkson),and Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective (with Kwok Pui Lan, Ada Maria Isasi Dias, and Katie Cannon).

From Many Parts, a Whole
In Honor of Letty Mandeville Russell
Following the Clues
Why Hospitality?
On Being a Misfit: Embracing Hospitality
In But Still Out
Making Sense of Myself
Living on the Margins
Becoming a Feminist
The Gift of Not Fitting
The Church Inside Out
The Church in the Round
One Call, Many Ministries
Ministry of Hospitality
Questions for Thought
The New Hospitality
Postcolonial Interpretation
Postcolonial Subjects
Postcolonial Theological Perspectives
The Doctrine of Election in Postcolonial Interpretation
When Election Is a Problem
The Ambiguity of Chosenness
Feminism and Hospitality in Postcolonial Interpretation
A Feminist Hermeneutic of Hospitality
Postcolonial Subjects Practicing Hospitality
Questions for Thought
Riotous Difference as God's Gift to the Church
Biblical Views of Difference
Babel's Gift of Difference
Pentecost's Gift of Understanding
A Different Kind of Unity
Unity in Hospitality
A Community of Christ
The Source of Unity
Liberating Difference
Questions for Thought
Reframing a Theology of Hospitality
Framing and Reframing
Making a Change
Steps to Reframing
God's Hospitality: Reframing Safety in Biblical Tradition
The Meaning of Safe Space
Searching the Scriptures for Safe Space
Reframing a Text: Ruth's Story
Attending to Context
Developing a Spirituality of Listening
Questions for Thought
Just Hospitality
Unequally Yoked
Justice in "Just" Hospitality
Amos's Message
Justice as Hospitality in Worship
Hospitality in Just Hospitality
Welcome as a Metaphor for Action
Transforming God's Welcome
Recognizing Just Hospitality
Essential Characteristics
Questions for Thought
Index of Scripture References
Index of Subjects
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