Communal Tragedy

As individuals, we all know pain and loss. It is the rare person who escapes sorrow. But when one of us hurts, others are there to offer comfort. Communal tragedy is different. When something bad happens to us as a community—whether that is a school, a town, a people, or a country—we struggle to figure out how to tend to our own wounds while taking care of each other. Drawing on compassion, empathy, justice, and love, we can bring out the best in each other, and perhaps, find a theology of hope in the midst of despair.

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“In a field of lilies trampled by warriors / the Shekhinah weeps”
close up of light yellow-white lilies with black background
“The voice of lamentation echoes across the land”
Against Gun Violence
Ritual to acknowledge loss of abortion access
After Roe: A Havdalah Ritual for Losing Abortion Access
“I am tired of praying to a silent God”
Unprayer for Uvalde
“Don’t bring your flowers”
To the Lawmakers after Mass Shootings
“I will never normalize mass death”
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“We lean into Your guidance / like wobbly-legged toddlers.”
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“No altars for candles and teddy bears. / No petitions, angry protests, or briefings.”
Finding the Words

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