Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma

Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma

by Kimberly R. Wagner
Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma

Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma

by Kimberly R. Wagner

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Overview

Mass trauma is an unavoidable reality in the United States. Trauma from violence, natural disasters, and disease has become all too familiar in the American experience, inevitably raising questions about where God is to be found in the midst of such tragedies. In every case, the aftermath leaves communities’ sense of well-being broken and capacity to imagine a way forward thwarted. Though language often fails us in the midst of trauma, preachers and religious leaders are nevertheless called on to offer a Word.

Fractured Ground helps pastors craft sermons that fully plumb the disorienting suffering created by events of mass trauma, while still offering an authentic word of hope. Kimberly Wagner provides both incisive explanations of what trauma is and especially how it affects communities of faith, along with practical guidance for crafting sermons that reflect the brokenness of the traumatic situation and the persistent love of God that binds the broken together. Drawing on the burgeoning field of trauma studies, eschatological theologies of hope, scriptural wisdom, and liturgies of lament, Wagner helps preachers imagine what it might mean to preach a narratively fractured sermon in the aftermath of a communal traumatic event, ultimately affirming that no amount of brokenness is beyond the presence and promise of God.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664267841
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2023
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 909,634
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Wagner serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), her teaching and scholarship is fueled and informed by the pressing needs of the church as it seeks to serve in these challenging times. She is passionate about educating public theologians and helping clergy and communities navigate the realities of an ever-changing world and church. Her current writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma, particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of Scripture and faith to respond to these moments.

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