Holy Space: Worship and Proclamation in the Liminal Space of Post-Disaster and Pre-Recovery Open Access

Abdnour, Nicole Partin (Spring 2022)

Permanent URL: https://etd.library.emory.edu/concern/etds/3484zj19m?locale=en


When catastrophic hurricanes make landfall, indiscriminately destroying whatever is in its path, whole communities are impacted. Within these communities, now indelibly marked by trauma from natural disaster, are churches who gather every Sabbath for worship. These churches are led by pastors marked by trauma from the hurricane just as the members who will gather. This paper explores the question of how in the immediate aftermath of trauma from communal acute natural disasters the function of the sermon is impacted within the larger liturgical setting of worship, and what tools preachers can utilize amid such trauma to allow for the community to grieve that they may experience God’s grace through worship and heal over time.

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