A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope

Maria Mankin & Maren Tirabassi

A child's laugh should be the butterfly wing, the ripple-maker, for all the world. There are many children crying. We hear them echoing from news media. It is time to pray the change of the world in children's laughter. More than one hundred themes and issues crucial to hope and justice were crowd-sourced to create this collaborative anthology of fifty-two reflections from seventy-seven writers in eleven different countries. These writers offer background, prayers, liturgy, questions for action and reflection and now invite readers, both individual and small groups, to join the community.


Maria Mankin has published five resources with The Pilgrim Press and contributed to several poetry and essay anthologies. She writes a weekly literary review, Books J’adore (booksjadore.com), and recently published Circ, a collaborative novel.

Maren C. Tirabassi is a United Church of Christ pastor who serves churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is the author of 20 books and a former poet laureate of Portsmouth, NH.

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