PUBLISHED by Wild Goose, the publishing imprint of the Iona Community, The Risen Dust is a powerful and moving set of readings, stories and poems for the season leading up to Easter.
The accounts of scapegoating, of power and violence and hope found in the gospels will always be current and significant, points out author Rachel Mann – an Anglican priest, poet and musician whose own personal and spiritual journey is in itself a testimony to the CLiC commitment to “living faith at the crossroads”.
Despite the crises the church has faced as its cultural and social power in wider society has diminished, the story of Jesus Christ and of those who surrounded him remains a defining narrative of our time.
Using artistic and theological licence, Rachel writes with the voices of the characters involved in the biblical accounts of passion and resurrection. Unafraid to explore the darkest aspects evoked by these events, she says:
‘The intention of both the more humorous and the visceral stories is to play with abiding themes of death and new life in ways which – in church contexts at least – break unusual ground. Some readers may find some of the language crude and offensive. It is not my intention to offend or outrage, but … to indicate that there are places and experiences where blasphemy is prayer and prayer is blasphemy.’
More details about the book and how to purchase it can be found here.