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    Regeneration: 2020 Special Digital Issue

    A weekly forum featuring stories and ideas for a time of crisis


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    A Time for Regeneration We must look clearly at what the coronavirus crisis reveals – and prepare for a renewal to come.


    Care, Pray, Trust, Obey While there’s no guarantee of what will happen, God will be faithful to us in whatever the future brings. Apart Together If physical contact keeps us human, what does the future hold?


    Floodplain What could be lacking in the sufferings of Christ? Only that which his hands and feet – us – have not yet experienced. Grateful for Each Breath An Italian doctor shares his experience treating COVID patients. Breaking the Fast in a Broken World On the eve of Eid, Djibouti starts to emerge from lockdown. A Pain in the Navel: Letter from Bogotá A pandemic exposes the gap between those who stay safe and those who never could. Fellow Feeling in a Crisis Where is the Christian readiness to give people in stressful situations the benefit of the doubt? Of Ducklings and Baby Fish Signs of new life amid fear and disaster.


    This Too Shall Pass? Community matters the most in times of crisis. The Hard Work of Conversion Can the lessons learned in this pandemic help us tackle climate change? Tinned Fruit in Times of Famine Social media is second best – until it’s the only choice. When the Church Doors Close After a time of quiet we meet others in a different and fresh way. The Pilgrims’ Mark An outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace. Uncanny Homes We sing despite this anxious feeling of not being at home, because for now our home is the road, until someday our home will be in God’s home. When the Sickness Is Over How do you explain the pandemic to a three-year-old? The Home Is the School What my children need is not to learn the Mayan number system, but to learn how to take out the trash. Grieving Alone, Together The best thing we can do for the bereaved is be present and bear witness to each other’s grief. How can we do that now? Scraps and Ruins Hope and action amid anger and oppression in Detroit. Psalms for the Sick The only response I have come up with to the constant thought of death has been translating these cries from another time and place. The Book of Repose Horizontal and Vertical Time in Laurus and in Lockdown. Remember When...? Recording true impressions for the day when we will reminisce and shake our heads in disbelief. The Abomination of Desolation Where is the justice in mass disaster? Shutdown Hospitality How do I love my neighbors when I can’t serve them my food at my table? Rejoicing in Apocalypse Plagues as seen through Christian art. Learning to Stay Can a frequently transplanted tree – or family – hope to flourish? Service from Suffering Lessons in facing disaster from a lifetime of grief, prayer, hope, and love. Mother Peregrine Keeping watch with fellow creatures.

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    About this issue

    The coronavirus crisis has ripped the cover off certain truths about our souls and our society. Some of these truths are ugly. But the crisis has revealed other truths too. It’s shown that millions of our fellow human beings, of all creeds and walks of life, will jump at a chance to be their brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, if only by grieving with the grieving or by wearing a face mask.

    As so many of us find our habits and plans disrupted in unprecedented ways, now is also time to prepare for what comes next. That is why we’ve decided to launch this special digital issue titled “Regeneration,” featuring a growing collection of articles responding to this time of crisis by some of our favorite writers and artists. A new lead essay will appear each Monday for the next twelve weeks, often accompanied by shorter pieces on other days.

    Writers such as Edwidge Danticat and Eugene Vodolazkin will help us see more clearly the truth of the time we’re living through. Scholars such as Stanley Hauerwas and Sarah Ruden will help us think deeply about what is at stake. Social critics such as Bill McKibben and Zito Madu will address questions of justice and sustainability. Pastors such as Will Willimon and Eugene F. Rivers III will speak to this time’s spiritual challenges.

    In addition, historical articles and readings will draw out the wisdom that people of faith have gained over two millennia in facing pandemics and economic collapse. Profiles and interviews will highlight individuals and communities who in exemplary ways are doing the works of mercy needed now. There will be a visual portrayal of a poem from Julian Peters and a Dostoyevsky story rendered in graphic novel format by Natalia Osipova and Elena Avinova. Look for other exciting contributions too as this ongoing digital issue rolls out week by week.

    Helen Klebesadel, Beyond Nature, watercolor on canvas Image courtesy of the artist.