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Baggage-dumping

After visiting the various spaces within the house, you might like to consider what you would like to be rid of. Maybe you came in with some pre-suppositions and assumptions about home and homelessness you would like to shed? Maybe there are experiences or things you have done you would now like to leave behind. Maybe you have thought about de-cluttering your home by getting rid of, donating or recycling things you really don’t need; perhaps it would also be worth de-cluttering your spiritual life too, to make room for new things.

If there are things you would like to leave behind, then make a note of what you would like to leave, in your diary.

Confession and repentance

If you would like to consider what you would like to leave behind in a more formal and prayerful way, you can use the following prayers of confession and repentance with a focus on awareness of those who are homeless:

For all the times we have failed to remember those who sleep rough on our streets
Lord, have mercy

For all the times we have judged others without examining ourselves
Lord, have mercy

For all the times we have been too lazy to find out the truth
Lord, have mercy

For all the times we have ignored chances to right wrongs
Lord, have mercy

For all the times we have been forgotten those who need us to remember them
Lord, have mercy

For all the times we have left you outside, Jesus, without anywhere to lay your head
Lord, have mercy

Lord of the earth, we have failed to do your will,
We ask your forgiveness in sorrow and humility,
Help us to do better in days to come
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Amen

Journal: pause to reflect
Jesus: focus on his life and work
Dispossession: prepare to 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?
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