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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life in Community: "Rumors of Glory"

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.

I belong to a book group at St. John’s – actually a fellowship of friends who gather in each others’ homes about once a month and discuss a book that we’ve all agreed to read. Last night was one of those nights ... where we all lingered over glasses of wine, dessert, and coffee, discussing in this case the gnostic gospels and sharing our own experience of faith and the history of our tradition over time.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

“Say ‘thanks!’ Before it’s Too Late”

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.

First, a bit of background. Some of you know that I was Chief of The Behavioral Medicine Branch at the National Cancer Institute before my academic career really took off at The University of Pittsburgh. And if you know anything about how government bureaucracy works, you know that you can show up on a Monday morning and suddenly there’s been a “reorganization” and for whatever reasons – programmatic or political – your office has ceased to exist!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prayer and Silence

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.

In my last blog posting, “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?”, the title was drawn from the book by that name written by Malcolm Boyd and first published in l965. I reflected on that book as a sign of the times in the '60s and '70s – the decades of protest against the Viet Nam war we were mired in and against racism endemic in our society at the time (as well as now, but that’s another story). That first edition sold more than 100,000 copies internationally. It was an ecumenical best seller, found on the bookshelves of Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists and secularists alike.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Are You Running With Me, Jesus?

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.

As many of you know, I’m in the middle of writing a new book titled, "The Fiction of our Lives" (forthcoming from Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, in the fall of 2016) – among other things a cultural and social commentary on our Boomer generation as we came of age in the '60s and '70s. I’m working now on chapter five, draft titled, “My Sweet Lord: God’s Lure and the Life Well Lived." Among other things, I will take a look at our generation’s search for community apart from traditional religion.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Your Own Life

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.

Lent seems to call for a careful listening to your life over the next 40 days or so ... to take stock of your life and the quality of your response to God’s Spirit working in it if you only listen. And I do point out that even if you live to be 80 or even 90, your life is such a brief thing from birth to death. So I raise the question: What are you going to do with it – this life of yours?

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