Home House

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Ben

I’m Ben, Welcome! In this place we invite you to explore what ‘home’ means. Is it your address? Is it your family? Is it a community, a country, the land you walk on, or even the planet itself? Is home where the heart is? Do you feel ‘at home’ when you are walking down the street, or at work, or among friends? These are some of the questions we’ll be thinking about with the help of these resources.

Exploring ‘home’ will also face us with the situation of the homeless. So you will also find here spaces you can pass through which are temporary and shifting. These spaces are temporary structures, cardboard, tents, short-lived shelters. This is the place of homeless people, asylum seekers, runaways, refugees, migrants, illegal immigrants, and also rejected people who have been trafficked and then abandoned.

Here, you will encounter issues related to the homelessness in all its forms. There are terrible stories, mental illness, people far from their friends, homes and families. But there is hope and humour too. Before you enter, you must decide if you really want to explore these spaces and meet its people. Decide...

Here are some questions to help you prepare:

  • Do I want to know more about home and homelessness?
  • What thoughts and ideas, actions and plans will I be taking with me?
  • Am I prepared to be challenged and changed?
  • What do I expect to hear? What do I expect to see?
  • What would I most like to learn?
Continue: think about things to bring on your journey
Return: let me see other houses to explore
© 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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