Sitting Shiva for Trayvon Martin #MennoNerdsOnLoss

I had another post planned today to begin our MennoNerds syncroblog series on mourning/grief/death/illness/loss. Last night’s decision in the George Zimmerman case, however, has led me to want to start with this instead.

In the Jewish tradition, there is a designated mourning period of 7 days for first-degree relatives after the death of a loved one. In that time, friends and family members come and sit with those mourning. The visitors do not talk or try to offer the usual pat answers and condolences, unless instigated by the primary mourners. They just sit and mourn together. Today I shut up my usual theologizing and sit shiva, from a distance, with those mourning the loss of Trayvon Martin and the incredible systemic injustice it represents.

This post is a part of MennoNerds Synchro-Blog on the topic of Death, Loss, Pain and Grief which took place at the end of July 2013. Check out our page on to see all the other posts in this series.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.