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Theology and Ministry

Rediscovering Lament as a Practice of the Church

Revd Ali Dorey, Revd Dr Ian K Duffield and Revd Julie Upton


This article explores the theology and practice of lament and argues for its rediscovery as a significant part of our Christian response to poverty. The authors examine theological and biblical material concerning lament, and outline a practical exercise enabling people to create their own laments. The article includes some examples of laments written by ministers and local people from housing estates in the North of England.

Key Words: lament, poverty, Psalms, Lamentations, oppression, solidarity, justice, music, prayer

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