August 3 Worship Blog: Day’s Inn – Lessons from Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980) founded, along with Peter Maurin, the Catholic Worker movement, which initiated a newspaper of the same name and the Houses of Hospitality. Day said, “The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate  between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” When a person showed up at a House of Hospitality, no matter who they were, they were invited in for a meal and given a bed, if available. She believed, as many had taught before her, that “all that we owned beyond our needs was stolen from those who were hungry.” She believed in voluntary poverty, which today we might think of as the simple living movement. It didn’t mean being trapped beneath the oppression of society and living in destitution. Rather, it meant knowing that the ultimate source of security came from someplace other than in material possessions.

Dorothy Day continues to inspire many within the ecumenical community. In this August series of Spiritual Classics, she is the first and also the most contemporary of our Christian Ancestors. Let us listen at her knee for a while and see what we have yet to learn.


Scripture: Romans 12 Especially verse 13 – Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Sermon: Day’s Inn – Lessons from Dorothy Day

Rachel Fraumann

My personal mission is to translate the life and teachings of Jesus to the next generation of peace and justice seekers in and around Burlington Vermont. I’m always up for a friendly argument, a free hug, or to be available as a compassionate ear or shoulder to cry upon. I have an insatiable curiosity for ideas and love to talk about theology, religion, politics, science, or whatever is on your mind. My current passion is about peeling back the centuries of church tradition in order to find the root of our faith in the teachings and ministries of Jesus so that it can be put into practice. After fifteen years of professional ministry with young people I still love watching a newly empowered Child of God set out to change the world!