To Our Readers

Everyone who lives experiences suffering. We all carry wounds, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Yet faith affirms that “there is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole.” Music and the arts, prayer and worship, can touch our wounds and open the way to healing. This issue of The Yale ISM Review invites us to explore this reality. What is healing? What forms does it take? How can the arts help to heal our broken world?

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Rita Ferrone, editor
December 12, 2019

Table of Contents

In This Issue

On the Cover

Looking Again: Reflections Among the Trees

Congregations and the Healing of Creation

The Heavenly Physician: Jesus as Healer in Early Christian Art

The Church’s Work of Healing: Prayer, Laying on of Hands, and Anointing

“Can These Bones Live?” Dancing with Skeletons in Unlikely Ballrooms

The Healing for Which We Long and Labor

The Making of Street Symphony

Liturgy in Hard Times

For What and for Whom Do You Pray? Coercion, Consent, and the Healing of Ableism

At the Hour of Our Death