Kintsugi Hope: Discovering treasure in life’s scars.
Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to peoples’ mental wellbeing. 'Kintsugi' is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means 'golden joinery' in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.
Awareness of mental and emotional wellbeing and health has been raised in recent years and we have all been challenged in our wellbeing in these times. Christian faith values, touches, and resources the complexities of who we are and who we can become. At its heart in the story of Jesus, we can see how we have a strong narrative that helps us frame our own struggles and sufferings, and above all Christian faith assures us we have a God who loves us.
Kintsugi offers a twelve-week programme that covers issues such as disappointment, loss, anxiety, anger, perfectionism, shame and resilience. You are invited to join a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group which begins in September in Stourdene. We are looking to run one group face-to-face in the daytime and another online on zoom in the evening on Tuesdays. To register your interest and preference of online/onsite and daytime/evening, please email Sharon, the Rector, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like all our gatherings in Stourdene, this will offer you a safe space, where in companionship with others you have opportunity to think around what is important or challenging for you. This safe space may also become a sacred space for you because we explore these issues with our Christian faith as our greatest resource and invitation. You need only share as much of yourself as you wish to share and you can be assured that you will be listened to, respected and valued. We will take responsibility to signpost you to where you may find additional help, and we choose to commit to pray for you.
Kintsugi Hope: Discovering treasure in life’s scars says: “We want to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish.”