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Ben

Exit: Dispossession

You have come to the place of departure and it is time to go home. What does that mean for you now? It might be worth reflecting whether you have a new appreciation for your home after visiting the spaces in this house. When you step over the threshold will you see it with new eyes?

For many of the people you may have encountered in these spaces, there is no possibility of going home. Perhaps they live rough, or perhaps home is too dangerous for them to return. They are dispossessed and rely on us to help them live. The charity Crisis reports that more people are sleeping rough than ever. And in 2014 the number had risen by over a third in three years. The charity believes that the number will continue to rise and so you are likely to see more people living on the streets. What will you think when you see them? Have your ideas and assumptions about homelessness changed after being here?

Christian mission imagines a world in which everyone has a safe, secure and peaceful home, and can live on a planet which we look after and care for. That world doesn’t exist yet. What could you do to make that happen?

Thank you for visiting. We wish you a joyful homecoming.

Ben

As you pause upon this threshold, take a little time to reflect on what you have seen and done in the various spaces within this house.

We encouraged you to come into the house with a backpack and a notebook. It’s now time to review what you want to take out.

In this final space are some items for you to take away with you if you wish, but you must first make room in your backpack by getting rid of whatever is holding you back or weighing you down. Perhaps there are things here which you really don’t need any more. Supposing all the possessions you were allowed had to fit into your backpack, -what would you take and what would you get rid of?

Items you might like to take away with you include:

  • A bar of soap
  • A bar of chocolate
  • A hot water bottle
  • A copy of the Big Issue
  • A photograph of a refugee’s homeland
  • A new appreciation of your home
Next: Leave the house
© 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.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

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?
  • Info