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Identity and Marriage: Which Christian Conception?

Identity and Marriage: Which Christian Conception?

This post explores issues I present in an essay which will be published in the Journal of Theology and Sexuality. In that piece, I consider the term “identity.” I claim that identity and the categories it delineates often present dilemmas when it comes to gender, sex, […]

Reflections on Trauma, Part II: YOLOCAUST by Stephanie N. Arel

Reflections on Trauma, Part II: YOLOCAUST by Stephanie N. Arel

BY STEPHANIE AREL on MARCH 16, 2017 In light of the recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries —the desecration of Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia and the toppling of more than 150 gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri — along with my reminiscing that […]

Reflections on Trauma, Part I: Pink Pussyhats by Stephanie N. Arel

Reflections on Trauma, Part I: Pink Pussyhats by Stephanie N. Arel

BY STEPHANIE AREL on MARCH 7, 2017 I have been thinking frequently about trauma, about what perpetuates suffering and what supports the arduous journey of transforming traumatic experiences, especially in the aftermath of traumas of human design. The violation of bodies lies at the heart […]

Trump: Shock, Awe, and Response by Stephanie Arel

Trump: Shock, Awe, and Response by Stephanie Arel

BY STEPHANIE AREL on FEBRUARY 9, 2017 In the frenzied wave of responses to Trump’s most recent, and horrifying, decisions – reinstating the Mexico City Policy and the newly instated Immigration Ban –  I have experienced surges of anger, frustration, despair, concern, and hopelessness. My […]

In Memoriam: Katelyn Nicole Davis by Stephanie Arel

In Memoriam: Katelyn Nicole Davis by Stephanie Arel

BY STEPHANIE AREL on JANUARY 29, 2017 On December 30, 2016, Katelyn Nicole Davis, a 12-year-old girl from Cedartown, Georgia filmed her suicide by hanging from a tree in her front yard. Recorded live, the video has gone viral. Alarmingly, a young girl’s succumbing to […]

Facing the Shame that Lingers: A. Denise Starkey and Michelle Obama Lead the Way by Stephanie Arel

Facing the Shame that Lingers: A. Denise Starkey and Michelle Obama Lead the Way by Stephanie Arel

BY STEPHANIE AREL on JANUARY 6, 2017 In March of 2011, at a symposium on trauma, healing, and spirituality in Belfast, Ireland, I spoke about shame in the context of war, addressing the experiences of women survivors of rape during the Rwandan genocide, US soldiers […]

Tending Trauma as Transformative Communion

Tending Trauma as Transformative Communion

By Stephanie Arel. Posted by Bearings on February 10, 2017, in 21stCenturyMinistry, 21stCenturySpirituality, The best sushi I ever tasted was handed to me fresh from the Sea of Galilee. I was the last customer at the restaurant when a fisherman brought it in. A Palestinian […]


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