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Lament

Lamentations For Orlando And Our National Soul

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

Largest massacre in US history. Violence perpetuated against a "soft target." 49 deaths and 53 wounded. Muslim-American shooter. Terrorism against the LGBTQ community.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn For They Shall Be Comforted

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Blessing and mourning may sound like a strange combination, but I experienced the benefit of God's nearness as I mourned the ambiguous loss of our son...

Giving Thanks in a World Gone Mad

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

Giving thanks is our witness that the systems and demons of our world do not have the last word. ISIS does not have the last word. Trump does not have the last word. The talking-head-neo-cons of intervention and death do not have the last word.

A Litany of Lament

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Hear the world, O God. Uncover your ears and know your people's anguish. Do not hide yourself from the cries for relief, from the noises of war.

The Film Inside Out Resurrects the Lost Prayer of Lament

Jade C. Angelica | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Jade C. Angelica

The character of Sadness was representing -- unearthing -- the aspect of human nature that the ancient authors of Lamentations knew: feelings of loss, hurt, despair and all other forms of emotional pain must be identified, expressed and received.

A Serious Thank You Note to Jon Stewart & The Daily Show #Charleston

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Thank you. Before watching your monologue this morning I was numb. Perhaps it was after the Walter Scott video was shown over and over again or the pending repeat of the Parsley Massacre in the Dominican Republic.

More Salt in the Wound #Charleston

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I was already reeling from the video of Dominican citizens cutting the hair of a Haitian man with scissors as a crowd ridiculed him in the street for his dark skin. I prayed that the baseball bats and machetes would not be swung.

Why Doesn't God Always Heal? Prayer and Incurable Cancer

J. Todd Billings | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
J. Todd Billings

I don't know why God allows cancer. But I do know that we should pray in the face of illness and death. And while I've appreciated the many prayers for healing that I've received, I sense that often they could be enhanced by combining them with prayers of lament.

Don't Ask The Crocus (A Lament For Boston)

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Don't ask the crocus, "Where is God?" / as though the crocus can respond to / our cries echoing over the flower beds. / The purple blooms have done their best / to disguise the traces of our bitter violence; / their job is not to soothe our seething conscience.

Recovering A Politics of Lament In Our Faith Communities

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
C. Christopher Smith

Aurora has reminded us that lament is sorely lacking in our land. Our faith communities are faced with a prime opportunity to recover the practice of lament and point us toward a society that is more compassionate and humane.

Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While the primary blame for abuse and misdeed against women lies with the perpetrators themselves, we should look next at the good men who say nothing. It's time for good men to hold accountable those who abuse women.