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Bury the Dead

Posted on 16 June 2014 Gavin Glenn

Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship

Bury the Dead is a collection of personal encounters with death: stories of Alzheimer’s, AIDS, cancer, hospice, Suicide, murder, systemic violence, genocide, and war. In this book a teenager tenderly washes her mother’s body, a community organizer cries outrage over his blood-soaked comrade,  a father builds a coffin for his infant son, martyrs are honoured by a former political prisoner, a young scholar’s experiences in Palestine shape her reading of the Exodus narrative, and a community of gardeners plant trees at urban-core murder sites. Drawn from the peace movement, the Catholic Worker, and Occupy, these stories make connections between medicine delivery PICC-lines and labor picket lines; between jazz funeral secondlines and the front lines of countless struggles. Part pastoral theology, part movement history,  this book powerfully demonstrates that resisting the power of death is at the heart of Christian discipleship, and that in a culture that fears death, we will only find resurrection in facing it.

 

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