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“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!” —Psalm 126:5
From his long experience in ministry and as a pastoral counsellor, and Influenced by such luminaries as Daniel Berrigan and Flannery O’Connor, William Blaine-Wallace offers a fresh construction of lament as fundamentally relational. He asks, “If your tears could speak, what would they say?” When sorrow and suffering are voiced in community, solidarity emerges.
The art of lament is the act of bringing more of our lived experience into congregational and communal life. This book helps shift congregations away from more charity-based social service toward a more joyful embrace of our suffering world, transforming the lives of members and seekers and the greater community.
William Blaine-Wallace is an Episcopal priest and pastoral counselor. The author of Water in the Wastelands: The Sacrament of Shared Suffering, he has ministered in parishes, hospices, and in mental health and educational settings. He lives in Maine.