Prayers of Absence

About a year ago, I was lecturing to undergrads at Emory University for a class on “Religious Approaches to Illness, Healing, and Suffering.” This particular lecture was called “Lamentation: Prayers of Absence.” Six months earlier, I had brain hemorrhage, but I promise I wasn’t just inflicting a maudlin panache on the students! This was just…

Cruel Diagnoses

For many, the move to interpretation is nothing more than an escape from the ambiguous business of witnessing the world, and its pain. There are things inside of you that allow you to live. Most of us don’t pay much attention to that. Some people try to make sense of it: doctors, nurses, all braver…

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I’m Jackson Wolford, a researcher and writer on religion, ethnography, and politics living and working in DC.

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