For Christians, hospitality is central. It is, according to writer Parker Palmer, the "one word above all others that suggests the quality we should seek in meeting with strangers." . . . [Hospitality] means inviting the stranger into our private space, whether that be the space of our own home or the space of our personal awareness and concern" We express our values, then, by creating a hospitable space wherever we are. An inhospitable space is one where people "feel invisible — or visible but on trial. A hospitable space is alive with trust and good will, rooted in a sense of our common humanity."

Parker J. Palmer, The Holy Intimacy of Strangers by Sarah York