Joy Edwards, Guest Contributor • email@example.com
Emory & Henry College’s Office of Spiritual Life has “A Place at the Table” for you. This theme is inspired by the hospitality found in the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Within the Hebrew Bible, followers hear in Exodus 22:21, “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Hebrews 13:2 in the Christian New Testament reminds readers, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Surah 2:177 proclaims, “Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West.
The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travelers [sic] and beggars, and to liberate those in bondage; those who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity, and times of danger.
These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God.” While Emory & Henry is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it welcomes people of all Christian denominations and all faiths to its programs.
We chose “A Place at the Table” for this year’s theme because we want everyone on campus, no matter your faith, to join together to learn, be in fellowship, and grow in Spirit and in Truth. We are also putting a special emphasis this year on an interfaith initiative, which will offer everyone on our campus a space to pray, to meditate, to love God, and to love your neighbor according to your own tradition.
As we provide a place at the table, we want everyone to know we always have room for you. Whether you are looking for a discussion group, a worship service, or a study of sacred texts, we have multiple opportunities for your faith formation, and if you don’t find what you need, contact one of the chaplains to talk about a new group or program.