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Ben

Words and Listening

In this part of the house, we would like to challenge you to think about what home means in the context of Christian faith. You could also combine this with the Scripture passages and questions we have put together in the blue section for Bible study. In this space, you can read and reflect on some ideas about home and heaven from Anne Richards, the convenor of the Mission Theology Advisory Group.

Ben

Our home is in heaven

I’m always interested in the stories the neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about his patients, whose inner experiences he documents with both wonder and humility. For example, he tells the story of one of his dying patients, a teenager who was experiencing strange, but comforting visions as she approached her death. When Dr Sacks asked her what was happening, she said ‘I am going home’. Yet another patient felt compelled to paint his birthplace in rural Italy over and over again, including in a spiritualised heavenly form, but when Dr Sacks took him back to his village, he was distressed and confused by the fact it had changed and wasn’t truly his home any more. What did ‘home’ mean for those two people? And was home another word for heaven?

St Augustine tells us that our hearts are restless until we find our way back to God and the Teacher in Ecclesiastes 12.5 talks about dying as going to our ‘long home’, our eternal home. So there is a sense that from the moment we are born we are trying to find our way back home to the place we belong, with God. I have been at the bedside of people near death who have told me that they can see, or have been visited by, family members who are waiting for them to let go of their earthly lives and go to join them. Even talking to a friend, who is an atheist, she said that when she died her reaction would be a joyful, ‘I’ve done it! I’m home!’

Our homes in this life
© 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