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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Living in Extremity

Author: Sandra M. Levy, Ph.D., M.Div.
How do you die well? Can you leave this world in a way that brings meaning to your life and the lives of those around you? More importantly, can you live your life by these same principles? Some of the best advice came from the survivor of a Nazi death camp.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On the Road: A Family Pilgrimage

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

I’m eager to hit the road – to see my brother and his family, plus two of my oldest childhood friends I’ve known since fourth grade. Although we’ve gone separate ways in adult life, it’s so precious to keep those very old friendships – those folks who knew you when! One of life’s treasures.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Taste of Heaven: God of the Synapse

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

I believe there are multiple ways to glimpse the Divine in our incarnate experience of this life — both direct and indirect. That is, there are both extraordinary and ordinary ways to be open to God’s impingement in our lives — from the base of our synaptic selves to the presence of God in one another as we live out our lives in community.

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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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