Association of Catholic Publishers 2012 Excellence in Publishing Awards
"God in the Dark" takes second place in "Prayer and Spirituality" category
Library Journal Best Books 2011: Spiritual Living
"God in the Dark" listed among seven best "spiritual living" books of 2011
LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER?
If you need a speaker for an adult forum, quiet day or retreat on spiritual topics, especially prayer and how the interior life intersects with issues of social justice, please get in touch (see email link to the right). Past topics include (for a complete list, click on the link below):
Who Needs More Rules? Why Have a Rule of Life
Audio-Visio Divina: A New Take on an Old Prayer
Prayer: The Romance of a Lifetime (a quiet day co-led with Edie Burkhalter)
Francis of Assisi and the Two Faces of Passion
On Not Raping the Earth
A Franciscan Take on Contemporary Slavery
Why Do They Hate Us? America in a Resentful World
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Susan Pitchford, TSSF is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington, and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis. The Third Order is a religious community for people who wish to follow the Franciscan way "in the world," that is, within the families and occupations where they find themselves.
As a sociologist, Susan's research examines how marginalized groups use museums and other tourist attractions to tell their stories, to set the historical record straight and (re)construct their identities. She is the author of "Identity Tourism: Imaging and Imagining the Nation" (Elsevier, Fall 2007). Her teaching focuses mainly on issues of human suffering, both within the U.S. and globally. She has also led study abroad programs through the University of Washington, taking students to Zimbabwe, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She currently leads a program in Rome, Italy, every other year (next program is spring 2013). This focuses on the historical and ongoing tension within the Church between the seduction of worldly wealth and power, and the Church's original mission of self-sacrificing love and service.
In the area of spirituality, Susan is the author of "Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone" (Morehouse, June 2006), and "God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life" (Liturgical Press, March 2011). She also leads classes and workshops on contemplative prayer, having a rule of life, and Franciscan spirituality.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, Bob Crutchfield. Her golden retriever, Abby, went to her reward on June 13, 2012. She is greatly missed.
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