The Book from the Project

An edited volume, ‘Tragedy and Congregations: a Practical Theology of Trauma’ was published by Routledge in October 2019, edited by Megan Warner, Carla Grosch-Miller, Hilary Ison and Christopher Southgate.

The book carries a foreword by the Rt Revd James Jones KBE, former Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Hillsborough Enquiry.

The book has received the following commednations:

Often we assume that recognising and dealing with trauma is primarily an issue for psychology. Psychology is important, but it is not the only voice that can speak powerfully into this deeply troubling human experience. In this excellent collection of essays, the voice of practical theology and biblical studies is given entry into the complexities of trauma. The result is a powerful, interdisciplinary perspective that offers both understanding and healing. This book makes an important contribution to the conversation.

Professor John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.

 ‘This is a timely, challenging and profoundly hopeful book: for all those who want to go deeper in understanding the impact of trauma and how we hold those individuals and communities at times when the world seems to have fallen apart. It is an extraordinary work of deep pastoral theology which makes a significant contribution to the church’s practice and understanding, and points us towards hope even as it discusses the most hopeless situations we may face.’

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

“This book is the outcome of sincere, critical, and inspiring conversations about the depth of human suffering on the one hand and of spiritual reflection on the other. I had the privilege of participating in one of these conversations and these pages reflect the authors’ wise and gentle mixture of critical theology, victim advocacy, and pastoral and liturgical advice. A rich resource for every congregation encountering tragedies, in other words: for every congregation, period.”

Professor R. Ruard Ganzevoort, Professor of Practical Theology, Free University, Amsterdam.

The book was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral, London in the presence of the Bishop of London, and with an address by the Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury.