Holy Rood House

Time and space to read and reflect


Wounds that Heal: Theology, Imagination and Health, Ed Jonathan Baxter, SPCK 2007

In this invigorating volume, the first of Holy Rood's publications, a variety of distinguished authors explore the interface between theology and health.  Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the imagination within the Christian healing ministry, and how this makes an impact on and challenges current practice. The editor, Jonathan Baxter, was Co-ordinator of CSTH from 2003-2005.

Among the contributors: Rowan Williams, Mary Grey, Brian Thorne, Elaine Graham., Grace Jantzen, June Boyce-Tillman, Elizabeth Baxter, Roger Grainger and Jonathan Baxter.

Spirituality of Survival, Enabling a Response to Trauma and Abuse, Barbara Glasson, Continuum, 2009

As director of face2face, a project of The Centre for the study of Theology and Health, from 2006-2009, Barbara Glasson asks how stories of 'survivors' can begin to transform society and the church.  What helps some people 'sur vivre', that is, to live over and above their stories of trauma and abuse and begin to flourish?  What is it that brings resilience to the human spirit, what are redemptive relationships and how can we make 'safe enough' spaces for hidden stories to come to light?  How can inappropriate power relations be challenged, and forgiveness be a community activity rather than an individual's burden?

Other Publications relating to Holy Rood House:

Ritual Making Women, Shaping Rites for Changing Lives, Jan Berry, Equinox, 2009. (Series Editors of Gender, Theology and Spirituality: Lisa Isherwood and Marcella Althaus-Reid)

Rev Dr Jan Berry, previous Director of The Centre for the study of Theology and Health at Holy Rood House 2009-2012, looks at the way in which women's making of ritual has emerged from the rapidly developing field of women's spirituality and theology. She uses ethnographic material drawn from her experience of working with individuals and groups to show how the construction of ritual is a practice that uses storymaking and embodied action to empower women.

The Life Giving Path: Reflections for Personal Exploration and Discovery, Helen Warwick, Kevin Mayhew, 2016

With inspirational stories and creative techniques, Helen Warwick, residential community member at Holy Rood House, explores ways to finding a more fulfilled and meaningful life.  Her emphasis on personal reflection enables the reader to review their circumstances, find their uniqueness and connect to more life-giving ways.  The details can be found on http://www.kevinmayhew.com/the-life-giving-path.html (as well as information on other books Helen has written).

Occasional publications include:

Seeking the Hidden Way Poetry Collection by Jan Younger,

Flowers at Holy Rood House, by Elizabeth Baxter and Elaine Wisdom.,

What’s Wrong with the Minister, by Stanley Baxter.