Texts: Matthew 4:1-11; 5:13-14
Speaker: Amy Huser: Sustainability and Outdoor Education Director at Camp Friedenswald
About a year or so ago I was sitting in the Electric Brew, a coffee shop in Goshen, with Doug Kaufman, the Director of Pastoral Ecology for the Mennonite organization - Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions - talking about climate change - and he brought up the topic of lament as it relates to our work in this area, “It is very important to lament what is happening to the earth, and lament is a place that the church and pastors can really provide support for people - they know how to handle grief.” I paused, and then replied, “Pastors are really into lament, aren’t they? I’d rather talk about hope and action.” Luckily Doug didn’t get up and leave in offence at my almost impolite comment, although he may have wondered if I am a true Mennonite - speaking in such a blunt manner!
The truth is - at that point I’d developed a pretty strong aversion to the words lament and grief.
This was partially due to a pretty intense season of grief I went through a...