Book Launch - Freedom Song: Faith, Abuse, Music and Spirituality: A Lived Experience of Celebration, Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman (University of Winchester)

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Wednesday 23 January

6.30pm - 8pm

The Chapel, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

The book charts the way in which the Christian faith, in which the author was enculturated, was refined by her lived experience of music, abuse, forgiveness, interfaith dialogue, gender and vocation (into teaching and priesthood). The author describes how music and spirituality can create a route into forgiveness by creatively transforming (“mulching”) childhood abuse into celebration. Her work challenges therapeutic models and suggests a variety of alternative tools, including created ritual.

The volume is set out as a series of meditations on the themes contained in the Lord’s Prayer; it can be read in separate sections, as well as in its totality. The author’s life is perceived as a crystal that can be viewed through various lenses illustrated by different styles of writing. These include narrative accounts written in a personal style; hymns, songs and poems that condense her thinking around a theme, and more academic reflection, using other people’s writing and experiences to understand her own.

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