One of the expenses I built into the application was a book entitled No Longer Strangers: The Practice of Radical Hospitality by Rev. Wendy J. Taylor with Margaret Kimball Cross (2011). This book offers some context to the beginning of Puente de la Costa Sur, the community organization with which I will be working. I just downloaded the eBook version of the book, and I am excited to begin reading it.
As I look over the cover and consider the title of the book, I am reminded of a graduate school course I took about contemporary curriculum theory. In that course, we read the work of Molly Quinn who challenged the word hospitality and its implication. In our class discussion, we really grappled with the notion of genuine hospitality and asked questions like: Are we truly hospitable when we invite people into our lives and homes on our own schedule and time frame? Is that what hospitality is? Or does the notion of radical hospitality mean that we are truly hospitable when people approach us about being invited in when we were not expecting them or when we don’t know them? Though writing about curriculum theory, Quinn (2009) offers a description of hospitality as a “resonant, radical call to make room for that which is, in truth, foreign–other” (p. 101). As I reflect on this learning experience, I so look forward to the reciprocation of hospitality that will take place during my time in Pescadero this summer.
Quinn, M. (2009). “No room in the inn”? The question of hospitality in the post(partum)-labors of curriculum studies. In E. Malewski (Ed.) Curriculum studies handbook: The next moment [Kindle app for iPad version] (pp. 101-117). Retrieved from Amazon.com
Taylor, W. J., & Cross, M. K. (2011). No longer strangers: The practice of radical hospitality. Ocean Shores, WA.