This project involved inviting graduate-level classes to contextualize their study in relationship with a specific Lutheran congregation in an urban and multifaith neighborhood. In doing so, the Christian practice of hospitality—especially understood in terms of presence—was particularly pertinent. Learning took place in context, far more efficiently and effectively, through engagement with rather than teaching about each other. Ultimately the project members experienced learning in the presence of other faiths as deepening one's own faith, while inviting genuine respect for other faiths.
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Hess, Mary E. "The pastoral practice of Christian hospitality as presence in Muslim-Christian engagement: contextualizing the classroom." Theological Education 47, no. 2 (2013): 7-12.
Hess, Mary E., "The pastoral practice of Christian hospitality as presence in Muslim-Christian engagement: contextualizing the classroom" (2013). Faculty Publications. 12.