Coming Home

Rev. Wayne Walder: What Does it Mean to Have a Home?

Not everyone has one. Home has to be one of the most important things we create. Trillions of dollars are spent on the building, the renovating and the decorating of homes across the world, every year. Yet in our harried and confusing world, home might not be the safe and sane place we wish it…

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Coming Home: Spiritual Exercises

Spiritual exercise involves more than just a deeper engagement with our brains. Sometimes it means we must rearrange our lives and run the risk of change. 1)  Can you enchant your home? Author Thomas Moore suggests we enchant our homes with decorations and create special spaces in order to care for our soul. How would…

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Coming Home: Literature Resources

House  (1999) Tracy Kidder This compelling true story of a home-building in Massachusetts focuses on the human aspirations and struggles behind the project, rather than the construction elements. The Timeless Way of Building  (2003) Christopher Alexander The author believes that contemporary theory of architecture is bankrupt, and many people agree. Yet people are afraid to…

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Coming Home: Inspirational Quotations

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” – Benjamin Franklin “I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.” – Elie Wiesel “I love grocery shopping when I’m home. That’s what makes me feel totally normal. I love…

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Coming Home: Spiritual Questions

Don’t treat these questions like homework:  find one that hooks you the most and let it stay with you for a few days. Allow it to break into your thoughts. Then come to the Soul Groups to share. 1)  What made your house a special place, “a home”, as a child? 2)  Is there something…

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