After the Beginning - Carolyn Pogue

July 22, 2019


Carolyn Pogue, author, artist, activist, and member of our congregation, was interviewed by Rev. John Pentland during yesterday's service. Here are her Morning After thoughts. 


It was a pleasure for me to read my story, "After the Beginning," in my home congregation and to share Margaret Kyle's wonderful illustrations. I appreciated comments after the service reflecting concern for our beautiful planet and where we go next. That is the big question right now, isn’t it?


I was asked in the interview portion, “How do you keep from weeping all the time?” It’s a good question. In the biblical tradition, I’ve learned that lamenting is a worthy thing to do. There is nothing shameful about crying when things fall apart; it’s a real response. Rather than keeping a “stiff upper lip” as so many of us have been taught to do, I think we should lament. There is a whole book in The Bible called Lamentations.


My story has lament in it, but also the hope that young people like Greta Thunberg brings to us. The school strikes are worldwide now. 


Watch: Greta Thunberg speak at the UN Climate Change conference

The bird skull dioramas are a different form of lament for our planet. To me, lamenting is a means to clear my tear ducts, care for my soul, and steady my resolve in order to continue to help heal the world. I think that we need to commemorate Good Friday in order to have a *real* Easter.

Carolyn with her bird diorama exhibit.


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