Grieving Process Takes Time, Requires Tenacity

Grieving Process Takes Time, Requires Tenacity

Grief is the term we apply to losses of any kind. Basically, grief is triggered when we lose a connection with something or someone we value. My rule of thumb is that if we name something, we have a connection. That is true for cars, pets, houses and other properties...
Entering the Darkness of Holy Week

Entering the Darkness of Holy Week

The United States suffered two mass shootings, one in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in Boulder, Colorado, during a seven-day period. With the cries of the victims and their families still echoing in our ears, the Christian church prepares to enter Holy Week in...
Racial Reconciliation Must Include Trauma Ministry

Racial Reconciliation Must Include Trauma Ministry

This summer, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed Black individuals at the hands of police officers confronted the nation with the undeniable truth about systemic racism. It was no surprise that the news reports, videos and...
Evangelicals Aren’t Dealing Well with Grief

Evangelicals Aren’t Dealing Well with Grief

The American evangelical church still does not know what to do with grief. This ignorance is a result of uninformed, immature theological reflection on grief that results in clumsy and harmful pastoral care practices among both clergy and laypeople. More often than...
Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Grief has not changed during COVID-19, but the rituals of grieving have. The long-term effects of those changes will be more evident in the months and years ahead. How we grieve as we lose a family member to a terminal illness like cancer can help us contrast the...