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A Shard of Hope: HBO’s 'The Leftovers' on Grief
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Tom Perotta, who authored the play on which the show is based, purposely included allusions to 9/11. Rather than a theological treatise on the Rapture, it is a beautiful case study in grief and the excruciatin ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Part II: Semblances of Hope
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

My heart bleeds every time a tragic story is told, every time a memory opens wounds, every time unspoken words are expressed through tears of frustration, loss, and utter despair. Still, there are subtle remin ...

'We Will Never Forget You'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Public memorials, both ad hoc and formal, speak to what divides us—and what brings us together. ...

Holding On and Letting Go
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Belinda Acosta In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving? I WAS PRE ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

AUDIO: A Song for Newtown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A choral piece dedicated to “all who grieve and in memory of the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary School.” ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Why I Cry in Church
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

There are so few places where we can bring our raw emotions without a self-conscious need to explain or escape to the nearest bathroom, which happens when we get teary-eyed at work or in line at Home Depot. Pe ...

On Scripture: The Modern Need for Lamentations
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Twenty-first century readers of the Scriptures are likely uncomfortable with the book of Lamentations and its stories of weeping, groaning, and grieving. But, the act of lamenting is not unique to biblical Isr ...

Why Grieve for Trayvon?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 6:32pm | Type: Blog

I began to think that tragedies like these cause us to slow down, and even come to a stop. They cause us to open our eyes for a moment and see that our actions have consequences. But on the other side of these ...

Mother Searches for God’s Purpose in the Midst of Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her ...

VIDEO: Five Stages of Climate Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As climate change takes its toll on the Earth, many people are paralyzed by inaction—perhaps not out of fear or guilt, but because of despair. To confront climate chang ...

Mourning for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Katharine M. Preston To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our grief. The most preciou ...

Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We may be mere specks in the universe, but we are specks imbued with God’s love. We may stand at the mercy of winds and rain, but we find shelter in God’s care. In churches around ...

Is Grief a Mental Illness? New Diagnostic Changes Say 'Maybe'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At issue are questions as fundamental as how long we grieve, what clinical label we assign to sadness, and when grief transforms into mental illness. The modification also rekindles long-standing debates about ...

A Mother's Love
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this poem at the cemetery as we laid to rest the ashes of her first-born daughter Katherine (“Katie”). Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this at the c ...

Reflections Along the Way of Terminal Illness
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

“IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING” was written the day we learned that Katie’s incurable Leiomyosarcoma had taken a turn for the worse. In memory of Katherine (“Katie”) Elizabeth Slaikeu Nolan. ...

Prayer in Times of Grief: Q&A With National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer (May 2) says prayer was the only thing that got him through his son’s death five years ago. When fellow megachurch pastor Rick Warren lost his son Ma ...

Stale Words in Fresh Tragedies
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Something happened last week and I still can’t shake the funk of it off me. It happened in Boston and Texas; I saw it in Chicago as well, and the week before in Afghanistan. Last Sunday I tried to be a dutiful ...

What Comes After the Grief?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants. WILL THE MASSACRE at Sandy ...

Forgetting the Children of Sandy Hook: How We’ve Become the Friends of Job
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

In tragedy, I have learned that it is always at the moment we begin to talk that the people who need our care the most are forgotten. In other words, I fear we have become the friends of Job, trying to explain ...

Reading Ayn Rand at the Hospital
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Mark Hiskes About love she was all wrong, / the old capitalist, patron saint / of the self-made rich. How well / she misunderstood the pa ...

On Lamentation
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

We cannot and will not lament our powerlessness. We need to learn how. You can search the internet and find post after post about the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Rightly so. We� ...

Clinging to Christ in Compounded Grief
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

“It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too many times in the past month. “It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too ma ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

Bloody Sunday and Telling the Truth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/16/an-astonishing-apology-in-the-house-of-commons/"></a>For 14 people in my homeland, northern Ireland -- a place whose divisions are so ful ...

When Grace and Death Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Hans Peterson, a good friend of mine, died two months ago in a work-related accident. Hans Peterson, a good friend of mine, died two months ago in a work-related accident. Hans wa ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

My Prayer for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Father in Heaven,</p> Father in Heaven, We are a people well acquainted with grief, but you O Lord are still merciful Though the earth give way and mountains be remove ...