Written by Jeffrey Pond // The image of a bridge-builder captivates me, and I believe someone who travels well is someone who is a bridge-builder. A bridge-builder sits and listens to others and tries to make a point of connection, but most importantly tries to hear what the other person is actually saying without placing prejudice … Continue reading Learning to Hear: Bridge-building in the Middle East
Written by Chris Keil // I am seated with new friends and acquaintances in a small main room of a small home in Ethiopia. A wonderful mix of smells swirls around the group as we chat about family, professional projects, and world affairs. The fragrance of burning eucalyptus charcoal and incense permeates the space. Soon, … Continue reading Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies
Written by Alex & Lynn Jones // “Alex, why do you live in the ‘hood?” my incredulous cousin asked during our (Alex and Lynn) wedding weekend. We graduated from college with a strong sense of intentionality: We moved with several of our friends to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood to continue exploring themes of race, justice, … Continue reading Should We Stay or Should We Go?
Written by Michael Wilson // The idea of justice appeals to me. As a hotel manager, I have faced problematic behavior every day and would love to dole out the proper punishment. Each day, my two jobs, both in a hotel lobby environment, put me in the frontlines of guest interaction. Trying to make ends … Continue reading Unlearning Assumptions
Written by Heather Spanogle // Hospitality has found me in the most unusual places: where I don’t deserve it, where I don’t expect it, where I find myself wondering if, in a similar situation, I would’ve extended the same grace. My husband and I are currently living in Indonesia, working with international college students … Continue reading Around-the-Table Hospitality