Issue 16.5: Haiti

Nadine Pinède

The Mountain Beyond

In this essay, Nadine Pinède reflects on a 2003 trip to Haiti and on a gathering of the MPP, Haiti’s largest grassroots organization, which focuses on food production and peasant mobilization as a response to poverty in Haiti.

Katie Grimes

Privilege as Blindness: Why North American Christians Need Haiti

The life of Bartolome de Las Casas suggests that, for Christians living in privileged nations such as the United States, poverty in solidarity with the poor is a requirement of discipleship; the necessity of such solidarity is demonstrated by the United States Catholic bishops’ conference’s inability to grasp the true nature of its country’s relationship to Haiti.

Austin Alexis


In this poem, Austin Alexis compares the recovery of a Haitian earthquake survivor to the beauty of a poem.

Billy Daniel

Gird Up Your Loins, Haiti: A Lesson in Theodicy from Job

This essay exposes the Christological bankruptcy of theodicy in the modern age, revealing the essential nature of any system of knowledge as being open to epistemological crises, especially with regard to Christianity.

Patricia Biela

Search and Rescue

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J. Kameron Carter

Why Lord? Haiti and the God-Question

In this essay, theologian J. Kameron Carter considers what’s wrong with theodicy questions, or questions about God, suffering, and evil, in relationship to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Nathan R. Kerr

“With Sighs Too Deep for Words”: On Praying With the Victims in Haiti

In this theological response to the Haiti earthquake, Nathan Kerr suggests that rather than merely speaking about God, Christians should inhabit a mode of speaking to God that responds to the oppressed victims of Haiti by living in solidarity with them, both in revolt against the powers that oppress and in hope that God might liberate them to live and love freely.