Tuesday, September 21, 2010

loving eric: a contemporary theology of hospitality

An unexpected bonus of visiting the Tate Modern was re-finding the work of Shaun Tan. Si Smith, of 40 fame, first put me onto Shaun, by sending me The Red Tree. It was beautiful, hand illustrated with a lovely, unfolding short story.

While at Tate, I noticed another Shaun Tate, Eric. Delightful size. Once again beautifully illustrated. And the story, again lovely and unfolding. I am not going to summarise it in any way, because it would ruin it. Simply to say that it offers a fascinating theology of hospitality; what it means to give as a tourist and receive as a host.

It worked for me at so many levels – tourist in England, alien in Australia, missiologist talking often about hospitality your place and mine!

Posted by steve at 08:13 PM


  1. Check out “tales from Outer Suburbia’ with a number of short stories of which ‘Eric’ is definitely the strongest Steve!!

    Comment by Rob Hanks — September 21, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  2. Tales from Outer Suburbia is a gem, but clearly publishers thought “Eric” was particulary strong, so published it separately…

    I’m envious mate. Sounds like you’re having a great time.

    Comment by Paul Fromont — September 22, 2010 @ 9:18 am

  3. thanks paul. it’s been a much richer time than i envisaged, on so many levels.

    steve at singapore airport

    Comment by steve — September 22, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

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