In the Shelter of Each Other: the practice of reciprocal hospitality

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From September 10th to September 13th, 2020

In the Shelter of Each Other: the practice of reciprocal hospitality

Kathy Galloway

Kathy Galloway, feminist, social justice leader, writer and poet, is an ordained Church of Scotland minister. In 2002, she was elected as the first woman Leader of the Iona Community…, her legacy is found in her activism against poverty, in her speaking out against injustice and for equality for women. Today she is the co-leader of the Iona community.

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Is ar scath a cheile a mhaireann na daoine’. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. (Gaelic proverb)

Hospitality is a central practice of the Iona Community, in its centres but also in the lives of members who open their homes to others, offer sanctuary and accept hospitality from others, often people of other cultures and faiths. It is an attitude of the heart, living open to life. But it is more than that. ‘The rejoicing of a private and exclusive community fails to invite all to hope. That is not the gospel… For God, no one is stranger. We cannot love our neighbours unless we are open to being loved by our neighbours. We cannot extend hospitality to strangers unless we accept hospitality from strangers. The gospel upholds this two – way traffic. One – way traffic breeds self – righteousness.’

Hospitality is also about the earth, our common home. What does it mean to honour the earth? This is about the food we eat and how it is produced; it is also about our energy use, our mobility, our consumption, our resource use.

This retreat will encourage reflection on the implications of sustainability, inclusion and mutual accountability as they impact on our commitment to hospitality.

From Thursday 10th September (19h15) to Sunday 13th September (after lunch, 14h00).
250€ per person and 450€ for a couple. If you are able to pay more it helps those facing financial difficulty. If it is a serious difficulty for you to pay the full amount please discuss the matter with us before you arrive.
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