This study guide is a meditation on the complexity of how we witness suffering – our own, and each other’s.
In this unit, we follow Hagar and her son Ishmael into the wilderness. We keep Hagar company during her darkest moment, when it seems that Ishmael is about to die of thirst. And we ask: what can we learn from Hagar’s response to Ishmael’s suffering? And what can witnessing Hagar’s suffering teach us about our own responses to suffering?