September 28, 2015 / Theology
The roaring seas of the apocalypse are displacing millions of global refugees.
In this issue of The Other Journal, we present interviews, art work, creative writing, and essays that address the complex territory of trauma’s effects on the lived experience, for both individuals and societies. We believe these pieces articulate a deep, multifaceted understanding of how a theology of trauma can help to shape and restore us through unearthing, naming, narrating, and bearing witness to its wounds, for as Frank Seeburger writes, “Only such a community of trauma—the community of all those who have nothing in common save the openness of their wounds—could be the kingdom of a God worth worshipping.”
Christian theologies of suffering often move too quickly to redemption, but in this interview with Shelly Rambo, she advocates a theology that remains in the ambiguous middle space between life and death, bearing witness to how trauma lingers in human experience.