And it was enabled by social structures of permission.
A collection of remembrances that bind the living and the dead
How do you construct a narrative in the aftermath of communal trauma?
The New Zealand shooter, meme culture, and alienation from meaning
Tain Gregory was new to Sandy Hook Elementary School when the mass shooting happened, but the faith that helped him respond had been a long time in the making.
What if we did the work of God in the world?
When I parked the minivan in the church lot, it still sounded like the type of horror we have had no choice but to become stoic about: 20 dead in a bar, as many more wounded, a dead shooter and a thicket of questions. By the time I returned it had become something different.
On Sunday I attended a worship service at which the air was heavy with a sense of loss. But I saw the church being the church at its best.