Freedom Song

Faith, Abuse, Music and Spirituality: A Lived Experience of Celebration

June Boyce-Tillman

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Abstract

This book is an autobiographical account of the development of an authentic interiority, based thematically around the Lord’s Prayer. It charts the way in which the Christian faith in which I was enculturated, was refined by my lived experience of music, abuse, forgiveness, interfaith dialogue, gender and vocation (into teaching and priesthood). It sees music and spirituality as a route into forgiveness by transforming (‘mulching’) childhood abuse creatively into celebration. It challenges established therapeutic models and suggests a variety of tools including created ritual. It sees my life as a journey into understanding and experiencing the multi-facetted nature of the Divine. It is set out as a series of meditations on the themes contained in this prayer; it can be read in separate sections, as well as in its totality. My life is seen as a crystal that can be seen through various lenses, shown in different styles of writing - narrative accounts in a personal style, hymns, songs and poems that condense my thinking around a theme and more academic reflection using other people’s writing and experiences to understand my own. Each chapter ends with questions which I hope will enable readers to reflect on their own lived experience.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781788742214
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018

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