Welcome to the fourth episode of our series on trauma and theology and today we are expanding on the idea that as theology has been impotent to help individuals heal from trauma, it is also complicit in the collective trauma of marginalized groups, our nation and our planet.
My hope is that for the scores of Christians who have never considered how the trauma caused by religion is harming us collectively that this might spark curiosity to think deeper.
About My Guests
Philip Hayes, working towards of Theology an Culture
Holly Greenidge, working towards a Master’s of Divinity
5:45 Definition of collective & historic trauma
12:15 The theological roots that perpetuate collective trauma
15:00 Trauma is embedded in the Biblical narrative
22:00 “whiteness” as collective trauma
27:00 America is where cultures go to die
34:40 What do we do with the exceptionalism of the creation story?
44:20 What does it feel like to lose your culture?
51:00 Is there a solution
Books & Resources mentioned in the show
A Different Mirror: A history of multicultural America by Ronald Takaki.
Exclusion and Embrace, by Miraslav Volf
Grammar of God by Aviya Kushner
Holy Resilience by David Carr
Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
Longing for Running Water by Ivone Gebara
The History of White People by Nell Painter
Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah.
Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining by Shelly Rambo
DARE TO KNOW, where truth is treated as a pursuit, and not a destination This is my attempt to flex my brain, play with ideas and move away from the group think I experienced in religious circles that just about killed me. Here we will follow our curiosity and celebrate using our own reason as a way to fully experience the divine in ourselves and in each other in more meaningful ways. It's about the messy process of growth and the bravery it can take, especially if you have come out of authoritative or fundamentalist spaces where asking questions was not encouraged. We will mess up, get it wrong and adjust when needed.