S3E15 – Makoto Fujimura – Lament: Kintsugi and the art of mending.

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Doug and J.R. talk about the progression of emotions that move from anxiety to annoyance to anger during the pandemic. Even as they look at the difficult emotions they also talk about some simple things that have been giving them hope.

Our conversation this week is with the artist, author and theologian Mako Fujimura. Much of his work has been around trauma and lament. Some of his work includes pieces done for Columbine, 9/11, the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and the 400-year anniversary of the King James Bible. There is a depth of wisdom and permission in this interview that is timely for pastors and leaders as we find ourselves leading through a new season of lament, suffering, and trauma. Mako also talks about the Japanese method of repairing pottery called kintsugi as a way to mend and heal broken things. This conversation is deeply honest and hopeful, we know you are going to be moved by it.

Resources:
Here are some of Mako’s books:

-Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life
Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering
-Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture
Donna Harris and the 6-part flow of lament

1. Crying out to God

2. Affirming trust in God

3. Petitioning God to restore

4. Making additional arguments

5. Expressing rage against loss and injustice

6. Praising God in assurance of his promises to hear us

Questions:
-What do you need to lament?

-Where does your mind need to shift from fixing to mending?

-Where do we need to experience the tears of Jesus?

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