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Attentive Presence

Attentive presence, made concrete in hospitality and welcome, is both a key part of Christian mission and an expression of it. It is also intrinsic to the nature of the triune God. Where we see this, God is at work. In all of its forms, chaplaincy must articulate this welcome and hospitality, this characteristic of God so often revealed in the Scriptures. It must do this in a manner that is inclusive and welcoming of all people, regardless of their belief or lack thereof.

Hospitality and welcome is not a means to an end but a way of being. It is expressed in many ways. This is foundational: that those at home in God are welcoming of others and invite them to find their home or to consider further where their home might be.

Excerpted from Chaplains: Ministers of Hope, edited by Alan Hilliard
(p.63)