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24th Sunday After Pentecost - November 12, 2023


One of the lovely things that has happened in my life of late is the privilege of serving on the Steering Committee of the Seminary of the Southwest where Jared and I went to seminary.


When the call for nominations went out two years ago, it was almost as a joke that I put my name forward. I graduated in 1985 and most of my classmates have retired. I was certain that I had done my duty, but I would not be elected…


Well that was not the case and I volunteered to work on the Blandy lectures… Dean Blandy was the first dean of the seminary and each year we celebrate him…


This year has been a true blessing because it introduced me to the work of the poet and author, Shihab Nye, and the writing of one of the Seminaries professors, Gena St. David…


A more appropriate name for a seminary professor could not be found…St. David…


I have been devouring her book, The Brain and the Spirit. St. David who is a neuroscientist literally encountered a theologian who changed her life and her studies…


And I must say, she set me on a path that has certainly changed my understanding of the scriptures…


She introduced me to the concept of “slow listening”. Even her arrangement of her book encourages slow listening…the chapters are divided by poetry and icons… You are encouraged to stop as you encounter these distractions that hopefully lead the reader to thoughtfulness…