A day exploring lament, grief and the season of remembrance through the space of worship. The day will include a keynote talk from The Revd John Bell, and a choice of workshops on resourcing, responding to tragedy, and holding joy in the space of grief led by Bishop Smitha Prasadam, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, The Revd Canon Michael Gisbourne, and The Revd Canon Ben Rhodes.
Talk 1 Biblical Perspectives on Grieving
The Bible knows quite a lot about tragedy. It was such a feature in the experience of Ancient Israel as the Law and the Prophets lllustrate. So much so, that over a third of the Jews’ favoured
book of spiritual poetry – The Psalms – has over a third of its content concerned with the articulation of anger, confusion, grief and lament, both personal and corporate. But where does
that leave Christians who may have been persuaded that bad things should not happen to good people or Christian nations?
Talk 2 Honesty in Liturgy
The proliferation of make-shift memorials at the scene of tragic accidents and crimes may be taken as indicative of the fact that humans are creatures who naturally engage in symbolic action.
It may also be indicative of an unexpressed frustration with traditional liturgical practices when it comes to enabling the expression of deep emotional reactions to suffering. If so, churches have to think more creatively.
John Bell is a member of the Iona Community and a minister of the Church of Scotland. His work and passions are centred around preaching, congregational song and enabling lay people
to find confidence in engaging with Scripture. For most years of his working life he has listened and lectured throughout the United Kingdom and across the globe, often in ecumenical contexts.
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