Food for Our Minds & Spirits: Hospitality

Sometimes it is hard to tap into our spiritual selves or find time to nurture our intellectual curiosity. Here is a section that reflects on some nourishing materials from around the web and related media channels in order to get us thinking, get us feeling, and get us reflecting on the lives we are living in this big, beautiful world. Some Adult/Mature Themes May Appear in Links and Other Attached Material


If I was going to answer the kind of question that sometimes gets posed to those who study religion, “what do all religions have in common,” it would be hard not to say that essentially religion is about hospitality. Reverence for the gods, or a god, a guiding spirit or a tribal totem is all about invitation in. And that extends to the people that god/s bring into the lives of people. To be reverent is to be respectful and concerned for the “other” who has come into your pathway. It is essential in the story of the Buddha’s Four Sights, the Good Samaritan, the meeting of God and Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre, and is the very essence of the Ka’aba––God’s very house––in Islam.

Anyway. This cartoon made me think of that. Also, “tuchuss” is a fun word.

Allan T. Georgia
M.Div., M.T.S., PhD
Director of Religious Education (Lifespan Faith Development)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland