Monthly Archives: April 2013

Book Chapter: Suffering in Christian Life and Experience by Elizabeth A. Dreyer

In: Suffering and the Christian Lifeed., Richard W. Miller.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2013. Pp. 127-148.  From the editor’s Introduction: “In the sixth and final essay, Elizabeth A. Dreyer distinguishes the multitude of uses for the word suffering and reflects upon the challenge of finding meaning in suffering.  Dr. Dreyer examines the personal and global contexts of suffering, distinguishes various types of suffering, and identifies seven themes related to suffering that are particularly relevant and pressing for our time: the evil of suffering in itself; various images of God created in response to the problem of suffering; the call to alleviate suffering; the importance of prophetic witness; loss and grief; prayer and ritual; and hope.  In terms of hope she concludes that the Christian God takes human suffering seriously, to the point of entering into it with compassion, love and courage, and thus transforming it through the pain of the Spirit.”

Book: Job, by Steven Chase

Published today by Westminster John Knox Press.  From the publisher: The book of Job, an enigmatic but powerful book in the Old Testament canon, raises universal questions about suffering and God’s relationship to both the cause of the anguish and those who endure it. The ideas and questions of theodicy, divine justice, and divine power that arise and challenge Job’s life still resonate with our lives today. Chase’s commentary in the Belief series not only wrestles with the issues raised by the text, but it also probes the depths of spiritual theology in the book of Job. More information is available.

Spirituality at the University—Twenty Years Later

Philip Endean’s “Spirituality and the University,” first published in The Way 84 (1995): 87-99, served as a springboard for the panel’s discussion of current theoretical and methodological questions in the field of Christian Spirituality.  The panel members  were

Gilberto Cavazos-Gonzalez, O.F.M., Catholic Theological Union
Douglas Burton-Christie, Loyola Marymount University
Lisa Dahill, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary
Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School
Timothy Hessel-Robinson, Brite Divinity School
Sandra M. Schneiders, I.H.M., Graduate Theological Union
Philip Sheldrake, Cambridge Theological Federation

Links to Endean’s paper, questions posed to panel members, and videos of their responses are available.