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Engaging with Scripture

Scripture teaches us a great deal about home and homelessness. At the beginning of the Bible, Adam and Eve lose their perfect home in the Garden of Eden and have to learn to live in a new, harsher place, and found a new community.

As the history of the people of Israel unfolds, so we find human beings continually being displaced and required to move on. The people of Israel believe in a home given to them by God, a beautiful land, a land ‘flowing with milk and honey’ (Exodus 3.8) which is theirs forever. Yet the occupation of this land and ‘rights’ over it cause nothing but difficulty, and today the same problems of a land to call home tear apart the people of Israel and Palestine as well as other parts of the Middle East, and many other countries where indigenous people have been displaced by settlers and colonists. The Bible is full of natural disasters, war, captivity, wandering and exile. And while in exile, the people of Israel, a displaced people, mourn for their home. In that mourning, we hear the pain of all who are displaced and homeless: refugees, migrants, evicted people, divorced people, rough sleepers, runaways, people who have lost their dreams of finding or coming home , -and don’t know why.

In this home we have created, we listen to voices from Scripture.


Genesis 3. 22-24

Then the Lord God said, ‘See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever’— therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

  • How do you think Adam and Eve felt when they were thrown out of Eden?
  • What would Adam and Eve have had to do to survive?
  • Imagine a conversation between Adam and Eve immediately after the Fall. What would they need to talk about?
  • Imagine how Adam and Eve might have prayed to God after the Fall about their situation.
Continue: Psalm 137
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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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  • 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


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


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


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


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


Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

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


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


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


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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