Tragedies and Christian Congregations
The Practical theology of trauma edited by Megan Warner, Christopher Southgate, Carla A. Grosch-Miller and Hilary Ison. (Routledge 9780367429423 2020)
I can not claim this is a book review as I am reading this at the moment, but I am finding it very helpful. We are living through a Trauma; it is happening in slow motion, unlike the traumatic events described in the book, but the qualities of trauma where are resources to cope are overwhelmed for a period are very much present. Trauma triggers the feelings connected to previous trauma's and so many in our congregations are struggling to cope. This book gives us resources to make sense of what is happening and reflect on them. The usefulness of this is that it enables us to say of reactions and feelings that seem extraordinary and strange is that this is normal, what you are feeling and thinking does not make you odd, or ill, but rather that you are enduring trauma and reconnecting. The book is part of a project that reflected on the 2017 tragedies at Grenfell and London Bridge. I came across it following a training session by two of the editors Carla Grosch-Miller and Hilary Ison. If you have an opportunity to receive training (I know they will do a Zoom training in Norwich Diocese in April) grab it.