by Karen O'Donnell
from Modern Believing Vol 60:2 - April 2019

Abstract

Reproductive loss is a common experience and yet it is one that is almost entirely neglected by theologians. There is a historical, cultural, and theological silence around reproductive loss. In this article, the reasons for this silence are examined before considering the nature of theological questions raised in the experience of reproductive loss. Having established that such experience is a rich site of theological discourse, brief consideration is given to what a constructive, embodied theology of reproductive loss might look like. Such theology would both witness to the experience and begin to resource the church in liturgical and ritual modes.

Keywords

BODY, CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY, FEMINIST THEOLOGY, PREGNANCY, REPRODUCTIVE LOSS, RITUAL, SILENCE


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