"If there was only a place...": Mission, Hospitality, and the Awakening of Desire


Our culture is a deeply Balkanized place, making dialogue between Christians and the modern world more and more difficult. The old modes of evangelization, focused on debate and apologetics, have increasingly become less effective, often deepening division rather than healing it. The result has been either a doubling down on confrontation in the public sphere or a retreat into insular spaces and digital echo chambers. Conflict has cost us community. What if there was another way? What if very different types of people could dwell together? What if relationship could rescue community? What if…there was a place? Based on the book Disarming Beauty by Julian Carron, the Benedictine vision of hospitality, and decades of experience in the coffeehouse, this talk will explore a different mode of community in which true shared goods can form a bridge, hospitality can drive relationship, and an encounter with Christ in the Other can awaken desire and form a foundation for real discipleship. 



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