The crises of 2020 have stacked up: a pandemic, a recession, incidents of police brutality, and heated demonstrations in the streets. In the face of these staggering challenges, it can be hard to muster hope or channel anger into productive activity. The world’s faith traditions speak to that suffering and frustration by helping people find meaning in their pain—and, sometimes, by providing a moral framework for social action. Nine leaders in Texas faith communities offered Texas Monthly their perspectives on this difficult year. Excerpted below are their thoughts about enduring suffering, confronting injustice, and finding hope.