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I started reading this a few weeks ago to prepare for 9 11 worship Jones recapitulates the sin grace narrative through the lens of trauma Jones writes brief essays exploring corporate trauma 9 11 and the Emmaus Road passage , through the cross, and then through individual trauma of a friend who was abused, reproductive loss, and her own journey My favorite chapter was her chapter on Calvin s reading of the Psalms. An excellent book, introducing theological thinker to trauma theory and how it intersects with our disciplines The most surprising chapter is that on John Calvin s Commentary on the Psalms and how Jones has used the reading of that classic text with women s support groups to respond to trauma I feel as if I am in the midst of a big revision of my thoughts on Calvin, based on this and other reading I ve done recently.The chapter on women and reproductive loss was quite good, providing me a rich An excellent book, introducing theological thinker to trauma theory and how it intersects with our disciplines The most surprising chapter is that on John Calvin s Commentary on the Psalms and how Jones has used the reading of that classic text with women s support groups to respond to trauma I feel as if I am in the midst of a big revision of my thoughts on Calvin, based on this and other reading I ve done recently.The chapter on women and reproductive loss was quite good, providing me a richer understanding of this common trauma.The closing chapter on Mourning and Wonder raised some questions for a fundamental aspect of my preaching the last few years Building on St Irenaeus The glory of God is a humanity fully alive and the works of Catherine Keller and Wendy Farley, I ve emphasized how God dreams for us to be our best selves and how that is possible for us But reading Jones I realized that the best self may not be possible for the deeply traumatized They ve lost that future, which is part of their grief and on going trauma Books that compel me to rethink some central to my thought excite me Now I face the challenge of incorporating this into my worldview, teaching, and preaching Such a helpful book Each chapter points to an intersection between psychology and theology and offers a starting point that is so helpful for practical, lived, trauma informed theology. It was just a year ago that I read the first edition of Trauma Grace I wasn t reading it for review, so my reading might have been a little less focused than this time around with the second edition of the book In recent years a growing number of theologians have explored the reality of trauma It might be as a result of violence or severe illness such as cancer How might we believe in God in the context of trauma producing events In this case, how does trauma interact with grace As Ser It was just a year ago that I read the first edition of Trauma Grace I wasn t reading it for review, so my reading might have been a little less focused than this time around with the second edition of the book In recent years a growing number of theologians have explored the reality of trauma It might be as a result of violence or severe illness such as cancer How might we believe in God in the context of trauma producing events In this case, how does trauma interact with grace As Serene Jones, the author of this book notes in the introduction to this Second Edition, The Bible is one long series of traumatic events and accounts of how people struggle to speak about God in the midst of them p xi Standing at the center of this story is the crucifixion and its effect on those who experienced with Jesus The author is Serene Jones, the President of Union Theological Seminary in New York She is a member of a UCC congregation, but grew up in a Disciples of Christ home her father is Disciples theologian Joe R Jones She is a Feminist theologian who engages with John Calvin and the Trinity This edition contains the original essays, some of which were new at the time and others had been published elsewhere To this original core, is added a foreword written by Kelly Brown Douglas of the Episcopal Divinity School, and a new introduction to the Second Edition, in which she resets the book She writes that while her thinking from the earlier work hasn t changed, she isaware of 1 of the impact of collective traumas that get passed down from generation to generation p xii 2 She isaware of secondary trauma, or the effects of trauma on the lives of those who haven t directly undergone the trauma p xiii 3 she notes that she appreciates in a way she did not earlier the way in which the different forms of violence I was describing have also been perpetrated against the earth itself p xiv With these new insights she has concluded that trauma studies are essential not only to the understanding of Scripture, but the theological task itself This resource brings theology out of the realm of the abstract into the reality of our lives It is in this context that she seeks to understand the grace of God The books is dived into three parts Part 1 is titled Traumatic Faith She has chapters that delve into the concept of trauma and grace There si a chapter that brings the Emmaus story into conversation with 9 11, and finally a chapter in which she engages with Calvin s Psalms as a means of pursuing healing.This section is followed in Part 2, titled Crucified Beginnings, with three chapters exploring the cross There is a chapter on the alluring cross, while brief, it invites us to consider why the cross, despite its repulsive nature calls out to us From there we move to a chapter on The Mirrored Cross, which moves to aembodied conversation about the cross and its message to those experiencing trauma In the mirrored cross, the cross reflects back to us our own suffering Finally there is a chapter on the unending cross She points us to Mark, the gospel without an ending as a place to explore the connection of trauma and the cross In Part 3, she builds on what has gone before It s titled Ruptured Redeemings She has a chapter on sin, creativity, and the Christian life There is a chapter on reproductive loss titled hope deferred Finally, there is a chapter on Mourning and Wonder Throughout the book Jones weaves story of her own life, butoften of others she has encountered in life She tells the story, as she walked with them These are not disembodied stories Their real life stories of people, mostly women, but not only women, who have experienced trauma and are seeking ways of remaining persons of faith, even as they seek healing grace To these nine chapters, Jones adds two new closing pieces Both are conversations The first is a conversation with Kelly Brown Douglas on the relationship of trauma and race This conversation emerged out of a greater realization of the role that race plays in trauma, especially that trauma that is passed on from generation to generation The closing piece is a conversation interview of the author by David Maxwell, her editor at WJK Press Issues of race figure here as well, though she speaks of other causes of trauma It is a compelling book I think we often do theology in an abstract manner Perhaps that s because much published theology is written by white Euro American men While there are points of trauma we have experienced, especially in times of war not my experience though , we do not deal with the same realities of trauma as a person of color The one critique of this conversation is that Jones often speaks of white people in the abstract, as if, for instance, she s not a white woman If whiteness is spoken in generalities, then it would important for her to own her own whiteness It s not that what she shares is incorrect, it just seems disembodied Overall, this is an important contribution to our theological conversation, which brings concepts like the Trinity and sin out of the realm of the abstract into the realm of real life That is the key to theology being of earthly value as well as heavenly value This is an excellent resource that explores the impact of theology and faith on the lives of people who have experienced trauma Ultimately, the book is a collection of reworked sermons and papers that Jones has prepared over numerous years exploring the topic of trauma Experientially, It is rooted in the experiences of those who have been traumatized whom Jones has pastorally supported in various ways over many years It is informed by a health academic engagement with the psychological and cl This is an excellent resource that explores the impact of theology and faith on the lives of people who have experienced trauma Ultimately, the book is a collection of reworked sermons and papers that Jones has prepared over numerous years exploring the topic of trauma Experientially, It is rooted in the experiences of those who have been traumatized whom Jones has pastorally supported in various ways over many years It is informed by a health academic engagement with the psychological and clinical research on the topic of trauma It is equally grounded in a respect for the Reformed tradition She particuarly draws upon Calvin s exploration of the Psalms in a way that adds texture and depth to her study Finally, it reflects her perspectives from a liberal theological perspective All told, her thesis about invites the reader to hold humility in understanding trauma and the events that cause them, while still maintaining a profound and deep sense of hope based in grace In this book s defense, I read it after finishing Precarious Life by Judith Butler Which is to say, while these two books are not comparable in terms of agenda they both write around the topics of trauma and violence, and what we do with that I found Trauma and Grace to be a bit too surface level for my taste I think I would have benefited from ithad I read it five years ago I had to push myself to finish as I was mostly bored throughout the read, but I m glad I did as the final chapter In this book s defense, I read it after finishing Precarious Life by Judith Butler Which is to say, while these two books are not comparable in terms of agenda they both write around the topics of trauma and violence, and what we do with that I found Trauma and Grace to be a bit too surface level for my taste I think I would have benefited from ithad I read it five years ago I had to push myself to finish as I was mostly bored throughout the read, but I m glad I did as the final chapter, and a bit of the second to last chapter, was better And better as in, we re finally getting somewhere Perhaps this saysabout me than about the book If Jones agenda was to provide a general introduction to the intersection of trauma theory and theology to offer a practical guide for how we talk about trauma and violence in the church and to illustrate how the church mightappropriately respond to trauma, then the book serves well Despite not enjoying it, I do think it is a necessary read for the aforementioned intent, and I would recommend it to pastors, church leaders, and laypeople .E-pub ♷ Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World ♋ This substantive collection of essays by Serene Jones explores recent works in the field of trauma studies Central to its overall theme is an investigation of the myriad ways both individual and collective violence affect one s capacity to remember, to act, and to love how violence can challenge theological understandings of grace and even how the traumatic experience of Jesus death is remembered Of particular interest is Jones s focus on the long term effects of collective violence on abuse survivors, war veterans, and marginalized populations, and the discrete ways in which grace and redemption might be exhibited in each context At the heart of each essay are two deeply interrelated faith claims that are central to Jones s understanding of Christian theology first, we live in a world profoundly broken by violence second, God loves this world and desires that suffering be met by words of hope, of love, and of grace This truly cutting edge book is the first trauma study to directly take into account theological issues Summary & Study Guide - Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy - Including Diet Cheat Sheet to act 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Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. and marginalized populations How to hold your Breath for over Five minutes - With only two days practice (English Edition) and the discrete ways in which grace and redemption might be exhibited in each context At the heart of each essay are two deeply interrelated faith claims that are central to Jones s understanding of Christian theology first RCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy: The Simple Guide to Designing R/C Model Aircraft or Build Your Own Radio Control Flying Model Plane we live in a world profoundly broken by violence second Kłamca (Kłamca, God loves this world and desires that suffering be met by words of hope Sara Midda's Book of Days from the South of France of love The Funambulist Pamphlets: Volume 2: Foucault and of grace This truly cutting edge book is the first trauma study to directly take into account theological issues I love Serene Jones book and the theology she presents within it I especially appreciate her chapter addressing reproductive loss Beautifully written, a well thought out theology, a book that really speaks to me This was a re read of sorts as I ve read selected chapters many many times, but it s a book I ll go back to manytimes I would imagine. The essays do not offer answers at least not in any straightforward way to hard questions about the relationship between violence and redemption Instead, they are a collection of epiphanic stories in which narratives of trauma, tales of grace, and the wisdom of doctrine are evocatively juxtaposed to provoke insight and stir imagination As such, they are best viewed as a series of theological poems, albeit of a rather scholarly variety Woven together, they exemplify the scattered, rich ways The essays do not offer answers at least not in any straightforward way to hard questions about the relationship between violence and redemption Instead, they are a collection of epiphanic stories in which narratives of trauma, tales of grace, and the wisdom of doctrine are evocatively juxtaposed to provoke insight and stir imagination As such, they are best viewed as a series of theological poems, albeit of a rather scholarly variety Woven together, they exemplify the scattered, rich ways people grapple with the profound existential and moral questions raised by experiences of overwhelming violence and their long term effects on communal and personal formation and the reality of the grace that exists in the midst of it all.The first edition is here, all nine chapters, Jones adds two new pieces Both are conversations The first is a conversation on the relationship of trauma and race This conversation emerged out of a greater realization of the role that race plays in trauma, especially that trauma that is passed on from generation to generation The closing essay deals with racial, society and personal responses to the abuse left by the predicating incidents.In these essays, the author addresses trauma as an excercise that attempts to educate, not placate society Morality and violence against a people has a long term effect on them personally as well as professionally, and it s effects spill over into the safe havens churches have historically been, seeking the power and grace within, but finding the going just as bad inside as outside It s a valiant attempt at trying to find answers but to also find the peace we are promised as children of the G d that weeps with us, that overturns wrongs with righteousness, supports the downtrodden and seeks justice true recognition and respect for all of us,I read the first edition of this book while I was an interim minister dealing with the closure of a century old semi rural church and the traumatic impact it had not only on the small number of members left, but the generational response, and finally the last minute community response when the building was sold and the new owners plans were presented to raze the building and replace it with a small strip mall It seemed that every step that was taken was blocked by the members that no longer attended due to health a o age the building was not accessible, but were blaming those few left who glared at one another at a Sunday service instead of celebrating their common union I spent months holding hands and listening as well as angry hang up calls blaming me for the situation I had been trained in dealing with interim situations clearing the bridgework between settled pastors having no idea that this church closure would lead to specialized ministry in church closings ,I turned to books like this, and another older business text on burnout in closed systems for some support Hindsight being 20 20,with the help of these foundations and the tacit support of my Conference, I think I can say it was as successful as it could be at the time I highly recommend this book and thank John Knox press for an advanced updated copy 5 5 This book is a series of Serene Jones published and new essays dealing with trauma studies and their relation to religious understandings of the nature of self and salvation Serene is very straightforward in saying this book does not offer answers, but does hope that it will help readers find a way to better understand the reality of trauma and grace in our own lives This was not an easy book for me to read, not because it was poorly written or hard to understand, but the experiences and s This book is a series of Serene Jones published and new essays dealing with trauma studies and their relation to religious understandings of the nature of self and salvation Serene is very straightforward in saying this book does not offer answers, but does hope that it will help readers find a way to better understand the reality of trauma and grace in our own lives This was not an easy book for me to read, not because it was poorly written or hard to understand, but the experiences and situations were so real and thought provoking that it often required re reading of passages, or whole pages