Housing is a spiritual matter. It is about what Pope Francis calls our “human ecology” – the way our physical environment – whether urban, suburban, or rural – reflects and shapes our relationships with each other, and ultimately with God.
In 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury launched his Commission on Housing, Church and Community, which has explored the contribution that Christians can make to tackling the housing crisis and why this is an integral part of the Church’s mission, rooted in a theological understanding of housing and community.
CTC has contributed to the Commission’s work in three ways – through giving testimony, contributing to its new book Coming Home: A Christian Theology of Housing and producing this five-week course with the assistance of the Church of England and the Caritas Social Action Network. The course aims to engage a wide range of Christian congregations in community listening, prayer and theological reflection. It is built around the testimony of Christians like Lucy Achola and her parish in Manor Park and is designed to help people discern how to take action locally in the context of community listening, prayer and ecumenical collaboration.
The course guide is here
The videos which accompany the course are:
Week One – St George’s Stamford, here
Week Four – St George-in-the-East, here