Practicing resurrection — April 4, 2022

We are in desperate need of resurrection this year. This issue focuses on the life, death and resurrection of Christ as a way to free the captives and offer hope to the hopeless. Readers will be invited to practice resurrection by ministering to the incarcerated, reflect on the joy and pain of childbirth, and contemplate the gift of mindfulness. After a year of despair, Easter resurrects us to life and hope.

Resurrection is a movement Chris Hoke calls readers to recover the original vision of Easter in an age of mass incarceration.

The labor Rose Schrott Taylor reflects on the near-simultaneous death of her grandmother and birth of her nephew during the pandemic. In the comingled spiral of love and loss, what is there to hold on to?

The long road to resurrection Laurie Ann Kraus, director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, connects the resurrection story to the work of disaster relief and living in a world where both suffering and hope are real.

From mindful to contemplative “What if the word ‘contemplative’ names not just a narrowly defined kind of prayer – which it sometimes does – but also an approach to all prayer?” ponders L. Roger Owens.