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Accompaniment, Community and Nature Overcoming Isolation, Marginalisation and Alienation Through Meaningful Connection

by Jonathan Herbert

Accompaniment, Community and Nature Overcoming Isolation, Marginalisation and Alienation Through Meaningful Connection Synopsis

Has the art of accompaniment been lost in Western culture? Could non-judgemental accompaniment be the answer to rising levels of isolation and loneliness? Could spending time with others from different or marginalised backgrounds reduce feelings of 'otherness' and lead to a more open, trusting society? Exploring the themes above, this welcoming book offers models of relationships, interdependence, and community for individuals who are marginalised from society. It emphasises the importance of being with people and time spent in physical activity and in the natural world, without demands being put on expressing feelings or even speaking out loud. It draws on the author's own vast experience and work with those on the edge of society - including living in a Christian community which welcomes those in terms of crisis, living in a Palestinian village, working with adults with autism and as chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers - providing a varied, insightful and heart-warming view on the benefits of accompaniment.

Accompaniment, Community and Nature Overcoming Isolation, Marginalisation and Alienation Through Meaningful Connection Press Reviews

This beautifully written book draws on a rich fund of stories of community, ministry, and pilgrimage, and on centuries of spiritual wisdom from many traditions and cultures, in describing what it means to accompany another, and so resist the deepening culture of isolation fostered by modern individualism. Once you start reading you will find it hard to put down, as I did! And you will be blessed by the sense that in the voice of the author, you feel something of how it is to be accompanied by him. -- Michael Northcott, Emeritus Professor of Ethics, University of Edinburgh Profound, practical, gentle, adventurous, simple, witty - this book reflects the journey and personality of a daring, devout disciple. It offers joyful, if never easy, ways to heal our loneliness and brokenness through being together: listening, working, laughing, walking and making peace. -- Tobias Jones, author of A Place of Refuge

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785925474
Publication date: 21st January 2020
Author: Jonathan Herbert
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Social groups, Community & outreach services,

About Jonathan Herbert

Jonathan Herbert is ordained in the Church and currently a member of Hilfield Friary in Dorset, where he takes a role in leading the community, which welcomes people from many different walks of life to stay. He is also C of E chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers in Dorset and Wiltshire. He has lived and worked in many communities across England, Palestine and Africa.

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