At the center of all the interactions in a project of apostolic hospitality, from the picking of a location to the conversation with a regular that is helping sweep up, is one unfailing and underlying reality- you have to earn the right to be heard.
This is primarily done by the connection of people in a true shared good, which at Calix we call an 'anchor good'. Anchor goods are rarely dogmatic in nature, but are usually the particular application of a principle extrapolated from a larger philosophical or theological truth. For example, the inherent dignity of man, how that precludes use, which effects how you buy coffee.
These initial particular shared goods can grow, multiply, and over time be linked back to a principle that underlies them. Fueled by hospitality, beauty, humility, and wonder, these connections accumulate and link up. Eventually, a key moment occurs when the person serving and the person being served encounter each other as true and real goods, loved and longed for by the other.
The is the first brush of love and the real connection of persons in relationship. As this continues to build, this relationship is extended and connected to others and community develops- a community of persons, connected in real shared goods, especially each other. This can happen while the people do not share religion, ethics, or politics.
This community, with real regular encounter, anchored in a growing set of shared goods, culminating in the good of the other, is the context in which the desire for the infinite is awakened, a longing emerges, and the person feels safe and welcomed enough to voice it in a question. This is the context in which an answer can be heard or a seed planted.
Your job is to lay your life down to earn this moment, to earn this right to be heard. Our job is to help you build a place that can happen. That place is called "The Box".