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The American Church’s Absence of Lament (Sojourners)

Here’s a thoughtful story on an aspect our human life that might be under-represented American worship and faith.

The article quotes Walter Brueggeman

What happens when appreciation of the lament as a form of speech and faith is lost, as I think it is largely lost in contemporary usage? What happens when the speech forms that redress power distribution have been silenced and eliminated? The answer, I believe, is that a theological monopoly is reinforced, docility and submissiveness are engendered, and the outcome in terms of social practice is to reinforce and consolidate the political-economic monopoly of the status quo.


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