In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World

by Padraig O Tuama




It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

Drawing on this Irish saying, poet, storyteller and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical refelction and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.

The fourth gospel tells of Jesus arriving in the room where the disciples are gathered, full of fear, on Easter Sunday. He does not chide or admonish; instead he says 'Peace be with you', which, in the Aramaic of his day, was simply a greeting. To people locked in a room of fear he said 'Hello,' welcoming them to a place of deep encounter: encounter with themselves, with their fear, with each other and with the incarnate one in their midst.

Interweaving everyday stories with narrative theology, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, In the Shelter reveals the transformational power of welcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444791723
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 402,160
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. He teaches on religion, storytelling and conflict transformation, and is a popular speaker at conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. He is the leader of the Corrymeela Community, a Christian witness to peace in Northern Ireland, and is the author of two books of poetry: Readings from the Book of Exile and Sorry for Your Troubles, both published by Canterbury Press.

Table of Contents

Hello to the world 1

Narrative theology # 1 5

1 Hello to here 7 Staring match 30

2 Hello to the beginning 33

Day of the dead 58

3 Hello to the imagination 61

Is it working? 82

4 Hello to trouble 85

In the name 107

5 Hello to what we cannot know 109

Narrative Theology # 2 129

6 Hello to the body 131

Yearn 154

7 Hello to the shadow 157

Collect 180

8 Hello to change 183

After the confession 201

9 Hello to power 203

Returnings 227

10 Hello to story 229

De noche 247

Notes 249

Acknowledgements 260

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