The School of Radical Hospitality: An Invitation to
Change the World
Mondays, January 20 - February 24, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
you seen the video clip posted by
Jim Wallace of Sojourners Magazine from the new series on the History
Channel, ‘The Bible’? In one scene Jesus sees Peter out on the Sea of Galilee,
and boldly wades out into the water to Peter’s fishing boat. Peter is stunned
and asks Jesus what is he is doing! Jesus responds by asking Peter to help him
into his boat. And, then tells him to cast his net into the sea again to catch
some fish. Peter responds rather cynically and says to Jesus there are no fish
here today. But Jesus persists and Peter decides to throw his net back in the
water. The net is filled with fish! This happened over and over again.
In astonishment, Peter asks Jesus how this happened. Jesus responds to Peter
with this invitation, "Come with me and I will make you a fisher of men." A
fisher of men? Peter then asks a great question, “What are we going to do?”
Jesus answers, “Change the world.”
Change the world! That began to happen as the early followers of Christ
practiced radical hospitality. Can you think of a better way to make people feel
loved and valued? All of us desire and need to feel accepted.
The deepest way we can open our lives to the love of Jesus is to become honest
about who we are. To paraphrase what Trevor Hudson says, “We are all in the
Sinner’s Recovery program. Those of us in the Christian community are invited to
take our halos off and let God love us with all our imperfections. We experience
freedom and joy when we discover we do not have to pretend to be perfect.”
You may have noticed that our little world in Richmond, Virginia, is changing.
We have the opportunity to practice hospitality to others like never before.
Immigrants and refugees have come to Richmond seeking a future with hope.
Students come here from around the world to attend our universities. In Richmond
you can meet just about anyone from any country in the world. Practicing
hospitality may be the best way to show our love for others.
Beginning January 20 we are offering the School of Radical Hospitality.
We want to encourage and help one another practice loving people like Jesus did.
You are invited to ‘change the world’ beginning right here! Loving people by
practicing radical hospitality is guaranteed to be a journey of personal
If you are ready for a new adventure in learning to love
people like Jesus, then join us.
Let’s welcome all God’s children to the body of Christ!
We will be meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
the home of Ralph Starling,
1603 Careybrook Dr. Richmond, VA 23238
Email or call Ralph at
What to expect:
Resource book: Benedict’s way of love: Radical Hospitality
Cost: $12 (available one week before class)
Hospitality Homework assignments