Loss, Transition – and the Gospel of Lament

Dr Karl Möller

On 15 February 2020, Karl Möller and Nicki Pennington facilitated a day on loss, transition and the gospel of lament. Taking Psalm 137, arguably one of the most difficult texts of the Old Testament, as the starting point, the day explored lament as:

  • honest prayer;
  • passionate clinging to God;
  • liberating voicing of anger;
  • struggle against chaos;
  • exposure of violence;
  • demand for justice;
  • resistance against hopelessness, numbness, voicelessness and dehumanisation;
  • a transformative process of empowerment;
  • entailing the seeds of hope;
  • gospel.
The Revd Nicki Pennington

We considered what the process of lament and letting go might have to offer to the church today, as we transition from being a church at the centre to a church on the edge. Reflecting on Isaiah 49:1-6, a text offering hope and a new vision to the people in exile, we explored how loss can turn into a fresh vision and renewed hope, with new opportunities emerging for a church on the edge.

The day ended with an act of worship, which included some prayer stations on loss, struggle, brokenness and exile.

The full text of Karl’s notes on the gospel of lament is available in our Resources section.



A Fractured Nation? Brexit and a Christian Vision of the Common Good

Dr Anna Rowlands

Anna Rowlands offered an excellent lecture that was delivered in Keswick on 22 November 2019, and 23 November at Kendal. She explored some of the causes of Brexit and the divisions that have occurred, including some thoughtful and thought-provoking material on the need for roots. Those who attended found it an excellent opportunity to share their own responses and explore how best to engage with others across often deep divides.

The full text of Anna’s lecture is available in our Resources section.