Lady of Lament

In the Spring of 2001, before Sept 11th, I began doctoral work on the place of lament in Christian worship. Eight years to the day, May 4th, 2009, I completed that project. Now, “Kathryn Rickert, Ph.D.”, I am still pondering how these powerful, mostly unused biblical texts could help us to express our own great distress and soften us toward the suffering of others.

Talking Back to God: Some Implications of Narrative Biblical Laments for Human-Divine Relations and Christian Worship, 2009 The Union Institute & University,  ProQuest)

I live in the Pacific Northwest, in sight of Puget Sound. My own lamentation is linked to many experiences and relationships, and especially to a jarring awareness of living in a land that was taken from First Peoples in less than honorable ways.

I am very new to blogging and so there is a lot for me to learn here as to how this mode of expression is useful to me and to those who read these posts.

17 Responses to Lady of Lament

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    So glad you have started this. I know I will which to a normal blog format once I am done with my cancer treatments.

    • Dorian,
      You are such a thoughtful and creative writer. I am inspired by every single one of your
      “postings”. “BLogging is really a very powerful spiritual discipline….even if no one reads or writes
      back. The power is something about creating this space where one is challenged to formulate
      and share from the inside. I know that I am not espciallly good at it…but I keep on working on it.

      Thanks for the response.



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