Making Nothing Happen
Social Reproduction and the Poetics of the Church
Where do I put myself, if public life’s destroyed - Denise Riley
During the UK’s first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, my long weeks of living alone were structured around two regular Zoom meetings. On Sunday mornings, I joined livestreamed Mass. As for so many, the Eucharist, and the congregational fellowship that surrounded it, provided a holding structure in which to reflect on the unfolding crises of that summer. We were blessed to have Rowan Williams as a regular preacher and his weekly contributions were subsequently published as Candles in the Dark. His reflections – which, as Williams himself insists, are just one thread emerging from a corporate practice of writing and reading, and from the parish’s liturgical life (Williams 2020, x) – are an expression of his longstanding belief that communities of faith and moral tradition are at their healthiest when they are committed to ‘recognizing a vulnerability in which we’re all involved’, offering a ‘solidarity in uncertainty’ (Williams 2020, 94-95).