Home House

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camping under the stars
Photo: Oleh Slobodeniuk

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned

Maya Angelou

Ben

Words and Listening

This space is like a great city. There are all kinds of flats, houses, mansions. All kinds of places that people call home. There are sofa surfers and people who spend nights in hostels and hotels and B&Bs. There are also runaways and rough sleepers who occupy the backs of restaurants and alleyways and make their homes under bridges and in subways.

In this space, you can read and reflect on the thoughts and words of a variety of people as they comment on home and on homelessness. You might like to imagine them speaking to you within the space and listen to their different voices. There are thoughts about: home, a spiritual home, homeless people, helping the homeless, structural sin and natural disasters. We’ve added some questions to help you think about the words and the images.

You might like to note down any ideas, comments, dreams, criticisms, reactions or images which come to mind in your journal or on your blog.

Ben

Questions

  • What do you think about these thoughts?
  • What do you think these voices are telling us?
  • How do these voices make you feel?

Write some thoughts of your own in your journal or blog.

Quotes about our spiritual home
© 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