Making Space: Silence, Voice, and Suffering

Melissa Johnston-Barrett

Article Type: Doctoral Essay Contest Essay

Publication Date: 7/1/2005

Issue: Apocalypse Then and Now (Vol. 25, No 3, Summer, 2005)

Suffering frequently finds no voice and thus resists meaning. Communities of faith are called to listen carefully to "the silence of suffering" which will assist sufferers to reclaim their voices and thereby recover their selves. By making a space for suffering in its liturgy and life, the congregation can provide a place where suffering can build community rather than isolating people from one another.

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