This article is a methodological experiment in ‘live’ theology. It reflects on the difficulty of creating theological meaning in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on trauma theology, disability theology, and autoethnographic reflections, we explore a particular “double bind” between silence and speech. While hurried speech can foreclose meaning and cause deep damage in the midst of unfolding trauma, theological silence risks concealing existing injustices that have been intensified by COVID-19. As such, we focus on intersections of race, class, poverty, disability, and legal status. Examining the tensions between overwork and inactivity in pandemic time, we consider dislocated time as resistance to hasty solutions, the rush towards resurrection hope, and modes of redemptive productivity. We confront the desires of practical theology to be found useful in times of trauma, and instead point towards theological practices of fragmented speech and remaining in dislocated time.
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Jan 2021|
- crip time
- silence and speech