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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN, 6:30-8 p.m., “Talking Faith in the Toughest of Times: Right Words, Wrong Words, Words of Hope.” More information here.


  • "This post is the sermon I preached this past Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, where a classmate of mine from Vanderbilt, the Rev. Dr. Buran Phillips, is pastor. After the second service, Buran and a lovely 13 year old assisting minister draped a prayer shawl made by the knitters in the church and then prayed over me for the benediction. As church members told me after the service, all of us were changed by our time together on this beautiful November day."

    Read the post here.

  • Deanna wrote a blog post about her dear friend and colleague, Tim, on The Christian Century website. About Tim:

    "He hired me at Hamline and has been an incredible mentor and friend to me. He now has Alzheimer's, and this post is a tribute to his scholarship, friendship, and faith."  Read the full post here.

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Featured Video: 

Hoping for More, the story of Deanna Thompson

The video was created for Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines by videographer Ryan Buck to tell the story of "Hoping for More."

It was initially created for a summer 2013 sermon series called "Since You Asked" for a sermon on "What do you do when a Friend Has Cancer?"  

The video is in four segments and closely follows the book.

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News & Events Archive

  • Deanna was featured at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN, Sanctuary Speaker Series: “Talking Faith in the Toughest of Times”; Preaching on “Hoping for More” at worship; and speaking at an Intergenerational Forum, “Being the Church in the Digital Age.”

  • An expanded version of an earlier blog post of mine was just published with a Duke University Publication on Faith and Leadership. It's about negotiating the effects of trauma in a post-diagnosis life. Read the post here.
  • Deanna spoke on "Hoping for More" at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN, M.O.M.S. 4th Annual Fall Brunch. 

  • Deanna spoke in Winnipeg, Canada, to new pastors in the Western Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada on “Being the Virtual Body of Christ in a Digital Age.” October 16, 2014.

  • Deanna was the keynote speaker at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa's Wright Lectureship in Christian Thought. October 9, 2014.

  • Deanna was part of a terrific line up of speakers at the "Rethinking Faith Formation: Christian Identity and Practice in a Pluralistic World" conference at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, July 23-25, where she talked about the vital role of the virtual body of Christ in faith formation today.

  • "The Fault in Our Stars" touches many relevant nerves in our family. Deanna's daughter Linnea offers a review of the movie from the teenager's perspective, thinking about what the movie and its message might have to say to religious communities in particular. Read "The Fault in Our Religion" here.

  • Deanna has a piece on Huffington Post on the possibility of virtual communities forming in religiously significant ways around those living in the midst of the awfulness. The publication coincided with her presentation at Boston University on "Ecclesiology beyond the Institutional Church: the Virtual Embrace of the Traumatized" for students in a new chaplaincy track in the School of Theology and for a group of scholars who, under the leadership of BU Professor Shelly Rambo, are working on a new book on "Post-Traumatic Public Theology."  Read "Embraced by the Virtual Body of Christ" on Huffington Post.

  • Hoping for More has been listed as "worthwhile Minnesota-connected books," according to the website, described as "enlightening to read" and "gracefully written." 

  • Deanna will be spoke at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley during their Adult Forum, 9:45-10:45 am, on issues related to "Hoping for More," and building off of the blog posts I've written this winter. Join Deanna as she explores what it means to live in close proximity to the awfulness of life and still have hope. 

  • A new article published by Deanna Thompson called "Confessing the Faith in the Toughest of Times" (pp.19-21) appears in the Fall edition of INSIGHTS: A Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary.

  • Hoping for More has been listed as the #3 bestseller for Cascade Books, ranked in the October 2013 "Fall Books" issue of Christian Century magazine.

  • Deanna was the keynote speaker at the Lake Superior Conference of Women of the Evangelical Church in America, at French River Lutheran Church north of Duluth. 

  • Deanna Thompson's father, Pastor Merv Thompson, preached a sermon about what to do when a loved one has cancer last weekend at Hope Lutheran in West Des Moines, IA. The sermon is half him preaching and half a video of my story of "Hoping for More." The preacher was preaching that day, and the videographer also captured well the grace amid the sorrow of living with a stage IV cancer diagnosis. To view the video, visit the hopeonline tv site, click on "Since you Asked" and go to the July 7 sermon.

  • Deanna was part of a day-long consulting session of scientists and theologians with the authors of the forthcoming text: CHANCE, NECESSITY, LOVE: AN EVOLUTIONARY THEOLOGY OF CANCER by Steve James and Leonard Hummel. The authors draw upon HOPING FOR MORE as a significant resource for their theological reflections.

  • Deanna Thompson was the featured speaker for several events at the Lake Region Cancer Care and Research Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota 
    in May, delivering an address at a dinner for medical professionals on the topic, "What do Patients Really Need from their Medical Professionals?" The address will be followed by a response from oncologist Dr. Margaret Barnes. Thompson also spoke at a lunch for patients as well as a breakfast for clergy and other religious leaders in the Fergus Fall area. 

  • Deanna recently published an article in the fall 2012 edition of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, entitled, "Virtually There: Martin Marty, Cyberspace, and Cultures of Trust in the 21st Century."  Read the article here.

  • St. Paul neighborhood newspaper, The Highland Villager, featured a story on Hoping for More and interview with Deanna in their October 24 - November 6, 2012, issue. See the story.

  • The 

    November 2012 edition of "The Lutheran" magazine features an excerpt "Having Cancer, Talking Cancer." 

  • Hoping for More excerpted in the October 2012 issue of Minnesota Women's Press

  • Listen to Deanna talk with Martha Manikas-Fowler in the "Inside Out" segment, Family Life Radio

  • Hoping for More mentioned in "Winning is Always an Olympic Feat," St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Hoping for More excerpted on Her.meneutics, the Christianity Today Blog for Women

  • Hoping for More referenced in a daily devotional from United Church of Christ

  • Read a new entry by Deanna at Amplifier hub, the new social networking blog at CaringBridge



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