Education as Hospitality: Exploring a Christian Vision of Welcome
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Theologian Amos Yong has argued that “the Christian mission is nothing more or less than our participation in the hospitality of God.” The Bible is shot through with the theme of hospitality, from Abraham welcoming the three visitors to his tent through the commands to welcome the stranger, the imagery of God as host of a divine banquet to which the poor and marginal are invited, the sheep who, unlike the goats, welcomed strangers, and the reminder to welcome strangers because we may be welcoming angels. This biblical picture of compassionate welcome contrasts with many of our society’s fears and resentments, and also with the kind of hospitality that is mainly interested in displaying affluence or securing advantage. Biblical hospitality is intertwined with the call to love our neighbor as ourself. How might a focus on the biblical call to hospitality frame our work as educators? How might education be an act of hospitality to the young? How – and to whom – are our schools and classrooms welcoming? What kinds of teaching practices might model hospitality for our students and help them to gain the dispositions needed to be hospitable to strangers?
Before the Conference - Devotional Guide
Christian educator, author, and speaker Dr. David I. Smith will explore this theme with us over 4 interactive sessions. Dr. Smith has also graciously provided a series of three devotions to help launch the theme of hospitality in your lead up to the Annual Gathering. You're invited to use these with your staff and/or in your personal reflection time.
Agenda for Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:30 am - 9:00 am - Attendees join livestream
9:00 am - 10:00 am - Opening Session: Hospitality and Scripture
10:00 am - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am - Session 2: Hospitality and Schooling
11:45 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm - Session 3: Hospitality and Pedagogy
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm - Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Session 4: Hospitality and Design
3:00 pm - Closing
Sessions will be live streamed online. It's our hope that attendees will gather within their schools to watch the livestream together and interact for small group discussion. Registration options and connection for individual attendees will also be available.
*Rates are based on your full staff list; all staff members are covered under the school’s registration. You will have an opportunity to indicate which staff are joining the event during the registration process, and each staff member will receive the access link to join the online event platform either individually or together at your school.
**For individual registration rates, please contact Edvance at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Our Speaker
Dr. David I. Smith is Professor of Education, Calvin University; Director of Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin University; Coordinator of the de Vries Institute for Global Faculty Development, Calvin University; and Senior Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education.
David earned his B.A. in Modern Languages (German and Russian) at Oxford University; a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham; an M.Phil. in Philosophy of Education/Philosophical Theology from the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto; and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialism in Curriculum Studies from the University of London.
For those who would like to learn more about how the Bible handles the theme of hospitality: Joshua Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality
For those who would like to learn more about how the church has approached hospitality across history: Christine Pohl, Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
For those who would like to learn more about a Christian approach to cultural differences: David I. Smith, Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity
Header graphic art: The Hospitality of Abraham by Andrei Rublev