Our theology and our church culture have not given us the permission, the language or the means to adequately sit with the despair, the anger and the shame of racial injustice, ongoing trauma, and a deeply scarring history. We need to recover the lost gift of lament. Without first learning how to lament we can never truly experience reconciliation.

In this episode David and John explore biblical lament. Why is lament so crucial for a South African church so often focused on joy, celebration and victory? Does the church have a vested interest in avoiding lament? Does lament look different for black people and for white people? Does a theology formed in privilege have space for lament? What could corporate lament look like? How significant might the recovery of a theology biblical lament be for gospel witness in South Africa?

Audio produced by Exilic Music