Academic journal article Magistra

Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters across the Color Line

Academic journal article Magistra

Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters across the Color Line

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Hope SingSy So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line by Christopher Pramuk. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2013. 213 pp., $19.95, ISBN 978-0-8146-8210-4.

Hope Sings, So Beautiful may seem an unusual choice for a journal dedicated to women's spirituality in history. And yet, it is not. Women's spirituality is birthed in the midst of war, grinding poverty, high levels of illiteracy, violence of every expression as well as inner turmoil. And at first glance this appears to be a prayerful and challenging resource for reflecting on the hard questions of race, ethnicity and blind bigotry.

While being mindful not to project contemporary issues on the past - and yet women's spirituality in history would necessarily include women of the past several centuries when awareness around issues of race, slavery, and bigotry emerged - entering into the experience Pramuk offers might well awaken scholars to our own blindness toward the past. Might he offer a balancing effect to a field of study that can be dry?

Artists, poets, musicians and theologians from diverse ethnic and racial communities are tapped to help enrich and even stretch our religious imaginations and to step away from our tired "same old same old." Pramuk's penetrating prose explores the themes of Awakenings, Interruptions, Crucifixions, Silences, Streets, Presences, Differences, and Song Circles. …

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