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Tragedies and Christian Congregations


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FOREWORD James Jones

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS INTRODUCTION Megan Warner, Christopher Southgate, Carla A. Grosch-Miller and Hilary IsonPART I TRAUMA - THE PRESENTING ISSUE Introduction to Part I 1 After the Fire, the Voice of God: Speaking of God after Tragedy and Trauma Elaine Graham 2 Practical Theology and Trauma: The Urgency of Experience, The Power of Story Carla A. Grosch-Miller PART II TRAUMA IS IN THE BODY Introduction to Part II 3 Working with an Embodied and Systemic Approach to Trauma and Tragedy Hilary Ison 4 Toward a Faith-based Approach to Healing after Collective Trauma Kate Wiebe PART III THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS Introduction to Part III 5 Trauma Through the Lens of Bible Megan Warner 6 An Evangelical Practical Theology of Providence in the Light of Traumatic Incidents Roger P. Abbott 7 'In spite of all this, we will yearn for You': Reflections on God's Involvement in Events Causing Great Suffering Christopher Southgate 8 Trauma and the Narrative Life of Congregations Christopher Southgate 9 Responding to Disaster in an Afro-Caribbean Congregation Deanne Gardner PART IV LITURGICAL RESPONSES Introduction to Part IV 10 Enabling the Work of the People: Liturgy in the Aftermath of Trauma Carla A. Grosch-Miller with Megan Warner and Hilary Ison 11 'Teach to your Daughters a Dirge': Revisiting the Practice of Lament in the Light of Trauma Theory Megan Warner 12 Eucharist and Trauma: Healing in the b/Body Karen O'Donnell PART V PASTORAL RESOURCES Introduction to Part V 13 Pastoral Response to Congregational Tragedy Ruth Layzell 14 The Ethics of Disaster Response Mia Kyte Hilborn 15 Chaplaincy and Responses to Tragedy Mia Kyte Hilborn 16 Sexual Scandals in Religious Settings Carla A. Grosch-Miller PART VI IMPLICATIONS FOR CARE AND SELF-CARE OF MINISTERS Introduction to Part VI 17 Annotated Interview with Sarah Horsman Christopher Southgate CONCLUSION Megan Warner APPENDICES Liturgical Resources SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY LIST OF FIGURES Figure 2.1 Theological reflection after trauma Figure 2.2 How theological reflection may remake tradition

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Megan Warner is Post-doctoral Researcher to the Tragedies and Congregations Project at the University of Exeter, and Visiting Fellow of King's College London's Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Her primary field of scholarship is Biblical Studies, specialising in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Megan is a Licensed Lay Minister and a member of the General Synod of the Church England. She is the author of SPCK's 2016 Lent Book, Abraham: A journey through Lent and Re-Imagining Abraham: A Re-Assessment of the Influence of Deuteronomism in Genesis (Brill, 2018). Christopher Southgate is Professor of Christian Theodicy at the University of Exeter and Director of the Tragedy and Congregations Project. In the past he has been a biochemist, a bookseller, a house-husband, and a lay chaplain in university and mental health settings. He trained ordinands for the South West Ministry Training Course for sixteen years, serving as Principal from 2013- 17. His theological monographs include Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing (CUP) and The Groaning of Creation (WJK). He is also the author of eight collections of poetry. Carla A. Grosch-Miller has spent over 20 years in parish ministry in the US and the UK and 15 years as a staff or short-course theological educator in diverse ministerial training institutions including the South West Ministry Training Course, the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme and the Cambridge Theological Federation. As Senior Minister of a Chicago area United Church of Christ between 1996 and 2003, she led the church through responses to the Columbine High School shooting, the 9/11 terrorist attack, and the disappearance of a teenaged member, as well as less extraordinary church family crises. She is the author of Psalms redux: psalms and prayers (Canterbury, 2015). Hilary Ison has been a parish priest, hospice chaplain, adviser for women in ministry and member of a Bishop's senior staff team, a theological educator, and, latterly, a member of the team of Selection Secretaries overseeing the national selection panels for those offering for ordained ministry in the Church of England. Her recent training is in Systems Constellations, a method of exploring traumatic events and difficult personal and organisational issues in individual or group settings. Her freelance work has included individual supervision, facilitation of reflective practice groups, and practical theology research projects as an associate member of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (Ripon College, Cuddesdon).


""This is an extremely important book," writes Bishop James Jones in his foreword to Tragedies and Christian Congregations: the practical Theology of Trauma. And so it is." - Rosie Dawson, Associate Research Fellow at the William Temple Foundation

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