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Formerly homeless people describe the city of London from their perspective

Ben

Book, DVD and CD resources

In this part of the house you can sit down and make yourselves comfortable. Many people think of being at home as somewhere to relax after work, or to spend time with family. Maybe you turn on the TV or have a night in watching a film or listening to music.

So here are some suggestions for books, TV and films about home and homelessness. But while you’re watching, think about where you are and what you are doing. You could watch someone shivering in the cold, while being warm and dry yourself; you could watch a person stuck in no-man’s-land, without a passport, while being granted the privileges of citizenship and residence. You could listen to songs about being lost while knowing that you’re safe at home.

What stays with you from books, music and films? What would make you want to do something positive in your community?

You can use these ideas for reading, watching and listening on your own or as part of a film club, book club or music event for younger people.

After you watch these films or read the books you might like to write a review or jot down some thoughts in your journal or blog.

Ben

Continue: books about home and homelessness
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

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Welcome

  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better

Thought

  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion

Prayers

For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection

Research

Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers

Diary/blog

  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project

Theology

Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music

Media

Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Stories

Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion

Reflections

Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
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