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Volume 27/Issue 2/2020



by Sarah Penwarden

In this second part of the special COVID-19 edition of Stimulus, we have another feast of articles.

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Guidelines for Contributors

by Stimulus

Stimulus welcomes the submission of material for Publication.

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A Covid Christology: Art, Atonement and the Forming of the Social Body in a Time of Pandemic

by Steve Taylor

The highpoint of the Christian calendar, the festival of Easter, fell in a lockdown period this year.

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COVID-19—An Invitation to Ecological Repentance?

by Andrew Shepherd

During the COVID-19 Level 4 period of imposed isolation I found myself reflecting on the parallels between the biblical story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 6–9) and our contemporary global situation.

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by Yael Klangwisan

A found poem based on the article, “On the wait, and the weight” by Leonie Hayden[1]

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Notes of Hope in the Face of Suffering (Rom 8:18–39)

by Mark J. Keown

As I write, the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the world taking lives and causing pain and fear. Such an event raises the question of hope in the midst of suffering.

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“To those who are shut up from our Society”: Symon Patrick’s Pastoral Ministry in London During the Great Plague of 1665

by Ian Maddock

So widespread was the contagion, one observer reported, that the city’s population began “to fear whom they converse withal, and deal withal, lest they should have come out of infected places.”[1]

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by Wendy Hansen

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The Proof is in the Providence

by Myk Habets

It is not uncommon—one might even say it is normal—that in cases of trauma, suffering, and tragedy, people re-evaluate their priorities, commitments, and convictions.

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What Sort of People do we Want to Be? A Review Article with Reflections on the COVID-19 Crisis

by Philip Church

This arrived in my inbox last week: Few could have predicted that we would be reaching Easter this year with more than half the world in either partial or full lockdown. Climate scientists predict that 2020 could see the biggest fall in carbon emissions since World War Two. Yet without structural change, experts warn that these reductions could be short-lived.[1]

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Mā whero, mā pango, ka oti te mahi: With red and with black the work will be done

by Philippa Isom

“To steer correctly, a system with inherent physical momentum needs to be looking decades ahead.”[1]

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Corona on the Side of the Road. Reflections on the Good Samaritan Re-read

by William Loader

Reading: Luke 10:25-37 Jesus told imaginative stories to address real issues of his day. One of these was the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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Narratives of Despair, Imaginations of Hope

by Sam Burrows

For Christians, hope is ultimately hope in Christ. The hope that he really is what for centuries we have been claiming he is. The hope that despite the fact that sin and death still rule the world, he somehow conquered them. The hope that in him and through him all of us stand a chance of somehow conquering them too. The hope that at some unforeseeable time and in some unimaginable way he will return with healing in his wings.[1]

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Our “Spiritual War-Work” in the Age of COVID-19

by Robyn Wrigley-Carr

During World War 2, the British, Anglican, mystical theologian and spiritual director, Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), encouraged a small “Prayer Group” to pray for world leaders, calling it their “spiritual war-work.”[1]

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ST Imulus: Jobs Galore

by Stimulus

I ran into Saint Job recently – a guy from the earlier times, and carrying a rather unusual name in these parts.

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“Neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” (John 4:21): A Reflection on the Closure of Churches in the Face of COVID-19.

by Francis Innocent Otobo

The church, as the people of God, is like a giant octopus reaching out. The people of God spread out from the centre into the community in all directions. The source of our strength is the gathering where we express our identity in word and sacrament like the head of the octopus. But, presently, we borrow strength from the future when we will gather again, a bit like those imprisoned for their faith. We are harbouring what we have, treasuring the gift of faith and longing for that day when we can celebrate freely.

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Receptions of Job and Theologies of Suffering

by Nicholas List

In the midst of crisis, whether personal or cosmic, many have found solidarity in the voice of Job.

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