As anyone who has been to L’Abri knows, this place can be a hard thing to describe. L’Abri is many things, but at our heart we are a community of people who desire to extend hospitality to those who seek it. What is hospitality exactly, and how can all of us incorporate it more into our families, churches, and communities? If you have ever pondered any of those questions, then come join us on October 24, when we will be hosting a day-long seminar: “Hospitality: A Key to Community”. Feel free to invite friends and come join us for a day of lectures, workshops, discussion, and, of course, food! We look forward to seeing you there!  Here is a rundown of what you can expect:

Hospitality: A Key to Community

October 23-24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 pm: Lecture 1: “Hospitality – God’s Mandate for All Christians”
Mardi Keyes

Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00am: Arrival and Welcome

9:30: Lecture 2:  “Image-Bearers of a Hospitable God”
Ben Keyes

10:45: Tea Break

11:15: Workshop: “Table Talk”
Sarah Chestnut

12:15: Lunch (provided at L’Abri)

1:30: Lecture 3: “But I Can’t Cook!”: Practical Hospitality for Everyone
Mary Frances Giles

2:45: Tea Break

3:15: Roundtable Discussion (Moderated by Sue Morrell)

4:30: Close

The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, October 23. Attendance both days is not required.
The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation ahead of time to southborough@labri.org.

Limited overnight accommodations are available at L’Abri on Friday, October 23 on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional cost ($28/person), and must be booked in advance.



  1. Would love to be able to attend. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Will any of these talks/discussions be available online for those of us all the way across the country in Seattle?
    David and Shirleen Becker


    • If all goes according to plan they should be posted on our podcast stream, and so we’ll post a link through this blog. I can’t speak for the moderated discussion, but I believe the lectures and the workshop will be posted. Always glad to hear from the West Coast!

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  2. Maybe one of your experts could address serious food allergies for a moment?

    I can host, but I can’t be hosted without super human effort (i.e. good intentions are not enough). Any tips for making new friends comfortable with a lack of reciprocity?


    • Sorry – not sure we can speak ‘expertly’ into your own specific situation of food allergies without really knowing it. Perhaps this is a place where community and friends play a large role. We have friends whose small children have pretty severe dietary restrictions that they have made clear to us, so when they are over we cater to them because that is the way we let them know we love them and want them around. We also do our best here to cook with people’s food allergies in mind – though people with severe food allergies have also brought along their own food. Not sure that is helpful but that has been our experience – some people who are interested in hospitality are willing to reconfigure a recipe so others can join in.


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