This past weekend I went to a conference at Duke Div on "Friendship at the Margins." During lunch on Saturday, various "practitioners" were invited from the community to lead sessions on how friendship influences their ministry. I led one about forming friendships with refugees.
"To approach the Other in conversation is to welcome his expression, in which at each instant he overflows the idea a thought would carry away from it. It is therefore to receive from the Other beyond the capacity of the I, which means exactly: to have the idea of infinity." E. Levinas, Totality and Infinity, p. 51