Eugene Peterson in Seattle -- May 16
Posted 09 May 2009 - 12:45 PM
Image's Sixth Annual Denise Levertov Award with Eugene Peterson
Public Reading and Lecture
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
University Presbyterian Church
Co-Sponsored by the Seattle Pacific University English Department, the SPU MFA in Creative Writing, and University Presbyterian Church
Join Image journal and acclaimed writer Eugene Peterson for the 2009 Denise Levertov Award lecture and reading, and a celebration of Image’s Twentieth Anniversary.
Peterson, a contributor to Image and author of the bestselling The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, will give a reading and commentary called "Intently Haphazard," about how the arts have formed his vocation as a pastor and writer, at University Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Levertov Award is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Past recipients include poets Madeline DeFrees and Franz Wright, nonfiction writers Kathleen Norris and Thomas Lynch, and fiction writer Bret Lott.
Peterson is a pastor and spiritual writer who has written more than thirty books, including A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Contemplative Pastor, and Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, one in a multi-volume series of book-length “conversations” in spiritual theology.
In his most recent book, Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers, Peterson invokes Emily Dickinson’s words: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant — / Success in Circuit lies / Too bright for our infirm Delight / The Truth’s superb surprise.” Throughout his work, Peterson has insisted on the centrality of the imagination to the life of faith. He suggests that God’s revelation comes through the ambiguities and nuances of story and lyric poetry—highly charged language that calls on our active participation and response for its full meaning to be grasped. With Dickinson, Peterson believes that “the Truth must dazzle gradually” through language that helps us move past “preconceptions, prejudices, defenses, stereotypes, and fact-dominated literalism” into “the language of...the Other.”
Peterson is an SPU alumnus and Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he pastored for twenty-nine years.
The Denise Levertov Award is named for one of the twentieth century's greatest poets. Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her identity as a Christian believer—a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt—became another important facet of her work, particularly in her later poetry.
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That's wonderful. And the world needs another expletive in the title of worship albums other than Wow! Zounds! would be another good one, and actually has a Christian connotation.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 04:54 PM
: Zounds! would be another good one, and actually has a Christian connotation.
As does Odsbodkins. Put the two together, and there's your Christmas and Easter, right there.