Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Mary Magdalene’s Tears: A Homiletics of Remaining

If you’ve been wondering why FSS has been a bit catatonic in the last couple of days, it’s because I’ve been writing a final paper for my women’s theology class- about how to preach to those whose lives have been touched by trauma and who therefore dwell in a “middle space” of “life in death” and “death in life.”  Shelly Rambo’s work, Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining, which argues for a retrieval of the meaning and importance of Holy Saturday along with a so-called “Middle Spirit” who ministers during Christ’s absence (in hell) in this place in between death and resurrection, lays the central theological groundwork for a homiletical infrastructure of sorts.  Rambo applies the insights of trauma theory to her enterprise, asking how “trauma” (which by definition means no one-time event, but rather the ongoing living out of the initial trauma) problematizes and enriches our understanding of redemption. I have taken Rambo’s theological framework and asked how it might perform in the pulpit.


Since the brainy nerds or insomniacs in our midst might enjoy taking a look, here is my paper:

  • Kristina Robb-Dover

    Thanks for trying to read, Joannah! I’m so sorry it wouldn’t open for you. If you’d like, you can drop me a note ( and I’ll send it to you as an attachment. I imagine in your line of work you find yourself often in this liminal space. Kristina

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment joannah

    Wouldlike to read the papaer you wrote, but it would not open. I am really interested in reading more….liminal space between death and resurrection is fascinating, especially in context of hospice and hospital chaplaincy!

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