“Who is my neighbor?” is a question that has rung out down the course of human history as diverse populations have encountered one another, sometimes as sojourners, sometimes as travelers, sometimes as enemies.
In the Middle East, it is required that the wayfarer that shows up on your doorstep be taken in, given hospitality and protected. On the frontier of the North American West, the traveler was taken in and fed.
In our day and age, boundaries between peoples have become permeable. News media and the Internet make each of us virtual sojourners within one another’s homes and lands. How do we receive and extend hospitality to those who are different from us, who are not of our house or people or country?
The essays on this page feature the perspectives of a variety of religious and secular traditions.