Ruth structured her talk around seven “take home messages” from her research and that of others. She linked each of these to a reflection on how we should pray and a line of Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Love divine, all loves excelling“.
Pray in love
“Love divine all loves excelling“
We are all criminals
Pray in humility
“Fix in us they humble dwelling“
Stigma and prejudice blight success
Keep praying in humility
“All thy faithful mercies crown”
Most people move away from crime
Pray in faith
“Pure unbounded love thou art”
People change together (and changed people change institutions)
“Serve thee as thy hosts above“
Desistance often involves reoffending
Keep praying in faith without ceasing
“Take away our bent for sinning”
De-railed desistance can re-rail
Pray in wonder and praise
“Lost in wonder, love and praise“
The hymn that was written in response to the seminar by Andrew Pratt is entitled “Human searching started early” and can be found at this link.
Workshop 1: Recording
The questions Ruth is asked in this interview were those selected after a discussion at two workshops by those who had just listened to her keynote talk (interview by Philip Berry, our Minister).
Workshop 2: Reflecting
Four groups reflected on what Ruth had said and drew up a series of questions that might guide further discussion in a house group. These have been combined into a single series of questions which is available at this link.
Workshop 3: Responding
A selection of prayers written in response to the keynote talk available at this link.
Workshop 4: Resourcing
Links to relevant hymns, Bible passages, internet resources and books available at this link.