Archives For Lament

 

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Born from Lament:
The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa

Emmanuel Katongole

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Reviewed by James Matichuk
 
 
 
I first encountered the work of Fr. Emmanuel Katongole in Reconciling All Things (IVP 2009), a book he co-authored with Chris Rice. That book was a user-friendly guide, discussing the Christian resources for reconciliation, and included an excellent chapter on lament.  This, alongside several other reflections, convinced me of the power and place of lament in Christian Spirituality. Since then, Katongole has written several books reflecting theologically on politics and violence in Africa and ethics.

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PTickle-Poems

Tomorrow, March 12, marks the birthday of the late poet and author Phyllis Tickle…

 

In honor of the occasion, here are three poems from her recent collection…

Hungry Spring & Ordinary Spring:
Collected Poems (An Autobiography of Sorts)

Phyllis Tickle

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015
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Poem #1: The Laments




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The Summer of LamentOkay, so this isn’t a book review or even book news, but an editorial of sorts…

I’ve been re-reading Reconciling All Things by Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole recently and being poignantly reminded of how absent lament is from our lives as Christians in the Western world.

I’ve been working through my thoughts on lament in a series of posts about the Aurora shooting on the Slow Church blog.
You can find the series here:  [ Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ]

That series led to an article yesterday on The Huffington Post website calling for us to imagine a politics of lament.

In the spirit of lament, I also wrote a post on this Wednesday, (aka, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day) about becoming peacemakers in the cultural wars.

And on top of all that, I’ve been writing a feature review for our print magazine of Brian McLaren’s excellent forthcoming book (perhaps one of the year’s most important books!): Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? This book, despite its somewhat corny title, similarly laments the un-Christ-like hostility that we too often assume as Christians today.

And writing a piece for the Relevant Magazine website, lamenting the present drought, which was what got me thinking about lament, earlier this summer, even before the tragedies of Aurora and Chick-fil-A.

I encourage you to check out some of these reflections, engage with them in their comments sections, and if you find them challenging, share them with others…

Image via Wikimedia Commons…

 

THE WIDOW’S LAMENT IN SPRINGTIME

William Carlos Williams

Sorrow is my own yard
where the new grass
flames as it has flamed
often before but not
with the cold fire
that closes round me this year.
Thirtyfive years
I lived with my husband.
The plumtree is white today
with masses of flowers.
Masses of flowers
load the cherry branches
and color some bushes
yellow and some red
but the grief in my heart
is stronger than they
for though they were my joy
formerly, today I notice them
and turn away forgetting.
Today my son told me
that in the meadows,
at the edge of the heavy woods
in the distance, he saw
trees of white flowers.
I feel that I would like
to go there
and fall into those flowers
and sink into the marsh near them.

 

ERB editor Chris Smith and frequent ERB contributor Ragan Sutterfield were a part of a seminar group at Duke Divinity School’s recent Summer Institute that penned a Christian response to the BP oil spill.

You can read the text of this response below…

After you have read this statement, please: