Remembering for Healing: Liturgical Communities of Reconciliation Provide Space for Trauma

  • Armand Léon van OmmenEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges book series (PSLRSC)


This chapter contains the search for space for trauma in one of the focal points of religious communities, i.e., their liturgical gatherings. The chapter starts with connecting trauma and liturgy through the concept of remembrance, which is a key concept in both trauma studies and liturgical theology. Next, we elaborate on remembrance by looking at the complementary studies on trauma and religion by Storm Swain, Miroslav Volf, and Robert Schreiter. Showing the potential power of liturgy to create space for suffering and trauma, the chapter ends with a plea for liturgical communities of careful remembrance.


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  1. 1.Department of Divinity and Religious StudiesAberdeen UniversityAberdeenUK

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