A New Reckoning with Unspeakaboutability: A Sermon from the Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley

“The truth is there is no treatment of this text that satisfies, nor should there be. Just try for even a moment to imagine being Isaac or Abraham or Sarah in this story,” said the Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley in today’s sermon. “It is a nightmare too horrific to tell. It is, simply put, a reality with which we should make no peace. Perhaps it is a text we need precisely because of the terror it reveals. Precisely because there are those among us who have stories too horrific to tell. I grew up in a land of ‘unspeakaboutability’ about many things, but most of all about race … We have begun of late to experience a new reckoning with ‘unspeakaboutability.'”

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