Though language often fails us in the midst of trauma, preachers and religious leaders are nevertheless called upon to “offer a Word” to a hurting community. In this workshop, we will consider together both the individual and communal impacts of trauma. Understanding the nature of trauma, we will then turn to think about how our ministry might faithfully and helpfully respond to such experiences.
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner serves as the Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Wagner is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has served among the Lutherans and was educated among United Methodists. Her book, Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma (2023), offers guidance for preaching in the aftermath of communal trauma, including mass violence, natural disasters, and public health crises.
Consider gathering your staff and congregation members to watch.