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Millennial “Clergy Couple” Release First Book  

Vulnerable Embrace offers a unique 21st Century look at Christian Worship

Dec 6, 2018 TULSA – In contrast to the idea that Millennials are losing their faith, the Reverends Elana Levy and Lucus Keppel show through their book, Vulnerable Embrace, that God’s love reaches beyond divisions and barriers.   

Included in this collection of sermons are stories of love, loss, light – and camping; plays and dialogues between Bible characters who never could have met any other way; connections between science, history, and scripture that reveal their underlying harmony; and a love of the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek that helps bring great depth and refreshing clarity to their work.

 “To us,” writes Rev. Elana Levy, “the Church should never be a place of winners and losers – a place where voices are drowned out and trampled on by those who can muster the stronger force. Jesus didn’t bow to political pressure or powerful leaders. He went to the heart of what truly unites and lifted it above all of our artificial boundaries and statuses and divisions. We worship God and serve neighbor and we do it together without rank.”

“We structured the book like a worship service within the Reformed Christian tradition, so that reading the book from cover-to-cover could lend itself to an experience of worship,” says Rev. Lucus Keppel. “It’s important to us to connect the ancient rhythms of worship to contemporary experiences, like technology, indebtedness, or even feelings of anger and hopelessness.”

In the foreword to the book, another clergy couple – the Rev. Deborah Fortel and Rev. Dr. David Sawyer – write: “Elana and Lucus fold careful Biblical research and relevant theological reflection into a mix of popular culture and current events to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of their readers. Even their word studies are charming! In other words, these are really engaging, witty people who preach thought-provoking and helpful sermons.”

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About the Authors
Rev. Elana Keppel Levy
Elana sees God's work inscribed throughout the world. Growing up with a Jewish father and a Presbyterian mother, religious conversations were all playful and interfaith. Engaging and appreciating difference meant that exact agreement was not required to cultivate a beautiful life that pleases God. After receiving her B.A. in German and Psychology from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, Elana earned a Master of Social Work through a joint program of UNCG and NCA&T with a special focus on older adults, the bereaved, and those traumatized by sexual assault.
Feeling strongly called to the ministry, Elana completed her Master of Divinity at Louisville Seminary and received her first call as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2015.
Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel
An ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2013, Lucus received a Master of Divinity from Louisville Seminary in 2012, and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Electronic Media Management from Central Michigan University. Prior to his ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Oklahoma, Lucus served two churches together in central New Mexico; hosted the Morning Show at the Catholic radio station KNOM in Nome, AK; and worked with the Night Ministry, offering food and fellowship to people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Chicago.
Vulnerable Embrace is published by Parson's Porch Books.
ISBN: 978-1-949888-13-3
Published: 11/7/2018
Available online at http://bit.ly/vulnerableembrace
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