Holy Rood is a ‘healing centre’ – a place of health and wellbeing at Thirsk in Yorkshire. It works with complimentary therapists. An area of particular focus is in sexual abuse.
Holy Rood has a theology centre – working at the interface between theology and therapy.. It seeks to empower people to turn their lives around; working with people to discover and help create theologies that help people flourish.
Group Exercise: Choose images relating to 3 areas.
- Think of a religious community you belong to, know or remember. As you think about this community – choose an image that is related to areas that make us “unwell” or identifies issues of concern.
- Choose an image that helps us think about things that we long for. What do we want our community to be like?
- Choose an image that speaks to you of action that needs to be taken to enable the religious community to be a healing environment.
Church can be:
Communities of hospitality – open tables, church to be open, places where we are ‘held’.
Communities of justice and peace. Having a theology that works towards justice.
Communities of storytelling and justice. Our stories and the Jesus story.
Communities offering a safe space. Professional. With boundaries.
Communities of spirituality