All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond

Susanna Childress: Beginning Again

June 14, 2021

Listen in as Women in the Academy and Professions associate Caroline Triscik interviews poet and professor Susanna Childress about our season of grief, the process of healing, and the hope that comes as we begin again.

“It strikes me as a really important life-giving act to listen.” Susanna Childress

After an incredibly long year of life in a global pandemic and acute awareness of racial injustice, poet and professor Susanna Childress invites to consider how we begin again. Revisiting our previous podcast episode, we continue our conversation about grief and suffering, particularly noting the loss of Susanna’s two children in utero and her process of healing. We ponder together the intersection of creative work, efforts toward justice and faith, as well as how the Church has so often missed the mark and even contributed to greater pain. As we contemplate together the power of words, both in healing and truth telling, Susanna generously shares a portion of an essay she recently wrote where she wrestles with how to discuss death and injustice with her young children. We pray that our conversation offers hope to begin again. 

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