Resources that help me with process and with helping others.
Writing as a spiritual practice. In this conversation, Tish Warren Harrison, Douglas McKelvey, and Jonathan Rodgers talk about the process and practice of writing, including learning by writing, and showing up even when the words don't. The podcast page has a number of links to take our thinking further. (I've listened to this several times and shared in with the Spiritual Formation course I'm teaching.
Douglas McLelvey is the author of Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Death Grief, and Hope. This collection of prayers and liturgies for difficult times is becoming an invaluable resource for me. Whether it's a prayer before removing the ventilator, before removing one's wedding ring, a liturgy for caregivers, or other hard times, this book offers words. Learn more at everymomentholy.com
My friend Lee Warren shared a story about a guy who decided to start building coffins. It's a thoughtful piece about craft, about offering your work to help people in hard times, about doing something that matters. The Coffinmaker is not sad at all. (Here's a longer video)
Clarissa Moll writes about writing and about grief. As a young widow whose husband wrote The Art of Dying, she brings deep understanding. One of her Lent reflections talked about the importance of bringing "we" to our grief, to move out of the isolation. (And it references one of my favorite Psalms) Walking Behind Jesus - Day 29 (campaign-archive.com)
I had a chance to talk with my friends and former colleagues from the Center for Congregations about "Navigating Grief and Lamentation". We talked about the disappointment of expectations, reflective listening, and the way we learn through talking. Listen on Megaphone or Apple Podcasts