The Southeast White House

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI:
The Southeast White House

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Chapter seven examines a Washington D.C. inner city hospitality house that has intentionally made itself present in “the forgotten quadrant” of the nation's capital. As a local presence it is consciously responding to, and taking responsibility for, society's neglect. This chapter argues that the ministry's very presence in the neighborhood stems from an initial act of repentance as the co-founders turned toward the forgotten quadrant and moved into the neighborhood in order to encounter the neighbor. Because the Southeast White House's existence is based on a desire to live for others, especially those on the margins of society, it manifests christological repentance. The chapter argues that the ministry's work may be viewed as an ongoing activity of repentance – a making right – as it fosters relationships and draws other people into its communal life, connecting people normally divided by race, religion, politics, economics, social standing, geography, and culture

Keywords: Southeast White House; Washington D.C. hospitality; neighbor; repentance; relationship; race; politics; inner city

Chapter.  14530 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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