Earlier in the academic year, I noted that these have been “unsettling, chaotic, and disorienting times.” It has been a year of endurance, tenacity and “completion” for our academic communities. That the year was completed is a mark of success. There has also tremendous sadness, lament, and tragedy laced throughout our campuses. Even though the resiliency of our campus communities were strengthened, there have been hard things endured and processed. The attempt to reconcile the God of justice, kindness and grace with the reality and experience of evil, pain, and suffering has been constantly present and at the forefront.
Johnstone, David M., "Asking God the Overwhelming Questions about Pain, Suffering and Justice" (2021). Publications from Student Life & Spiritual Life. 45.