More Words of Life

Father Don Hanway defines preaching as an attempt to link the works of Holy Scripture with the lives of the hearers in such a way that both the words and the lives are illuminated. He demonstrates the definition in this second collection of 40 sermons, most of which were preached in a supply capacity, after his retirement. He sees preaching as the most satisfying and perhaps most important part of his ministry.

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Looking for Home

A Sequel to Her Appearing

Dr. Dan (“Doc”) Lanterne, retired philosophy professor, feels alienated from society and from the church. Then he has several life-changing encounters: with an Episcopal priest, Father Del Carnation; with Doris, a possible new life-partner; and most vitally of all, with the Living God. Along the way to finding a new spiritual home, he also finds a family and a ministry.

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Her Appearing

A Love Story

Father Del Carnation, the only Episcopal priest in a midsize Midwestern community, is fighting his way back from depression after the tragic loss of his wife, when he suddenly finds a new love interest. In the midst of his people-rich work environment, he tries to secure some private space for courting Rachel, an African-American who stands out in this "white bread" setting, and not only for her looks. Her appearing in his life produces a ferment of hopes and difficulties. Is she the companion he has been seeking? Del sees himself as living in three worlds at once: the world of relentless work demands, the world of God's empowering Spirit, and the world of his own unfulfilled longing. Are these worlds opposed, or may they join forces for blessing? HER APPEARING is a story about the power of love at work in our lives. It is a tale not just about a man looking for love, but about the love that is looking for us, and how we come to recognize the love that is already here.

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Words of Life

Words of Life - Selected Sermons

Father Don Hanway defines preaching as “an attempt to link the words of Holy Scripture with the lives of the hearers in such a way that both the words and the lives are illuminated.” He demonstrates the definition in this collection of 40 sermons from the last fifteen of his 22 years ministering next to a state university in the nation’s heartland. This volume was produced in response to entreaty from a few of the many who benefited from and contributed to the preacher’s continuing education. He selected the sermons on the basis of originality, variety of season and occasion, centrality of the message of Good News for all people, and in many cases, reference to movies for illustrative purposes. Preaching is a privilege, as well as a demanding profession. Church-goers seek an authentic word of hope and challenge that will help them make sense of their lives in a complex and fast-moving world. Respecting the time and intelligence of his listeners, and following the three-year lectionary of the Church, Dr. Hanway’s sermons are lucid and concise, ranging over many topics, and infused with his personal witness to timeless truth and the reality of God’s presence in our lives.

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A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion

Love Letters to the Church

Encourage the Church to address the gift of human sexuality—how to view it, how to deal with it, and how it relates to spirituality A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion: Love Letters to the Church challenges traditional church teachings that brand homosexuality as immoral, using pertinent scripture from the central Gospel to promote a full acceptance of gay and lesbian Christians. This powerful book questions the assumption that gay Christians are morally inferior, presenting testimony from gay men and lesbians about prejudice they’ve experienced at the hands of the Church—and its straight members. Written as a series of ten letters, the book addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the church and appeals for a new understanding and commitment to the acceptance of its gay members.

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Reviews for "Her Appearing A Love Story", "Words of Life", and
"A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion":

Her Appearing is a deceptively simple and moving novel about a pastor juggling professional responsibilities and a personal awakening.

Drew Tharp

Her Appearing features well-drawn characters, a rarely seen perspective, and a true sense of spirituality, love, and romance. By bringing readers inside the personal life of a priest, Hanway created a revealing window into the universal search for romance and personal happiness.

Matthew Char Smith

Her Appearing is a story about love, grief and responsibility, and the often contradictory directions in which these forces can pull a person's life. On the most basic level, it is a story about a man trapped between his past and his future, struggling to find a way to let go and move forward....The book does an exemplary job of painting a complete picture of Del's calling as a pastor, and the constant worries and responsibilities that come along with it..

G. Hustvedt

I was a parishioner of Dr. Hanway for 6 years before he retired. His sermons were often funny, inspiring and thoughtful. He managed to weave solid theology with examples from movies (his favorite hobby) and personal insights. A modest man, I don't think that Fr. Don would have put together an anthology of his sermons if his many former parishioners hadn't begged him to do so. My favorite, in The Words of Life , is his sermon on the sacrament of friendliness, otherwise known as wearing a nametag. His sermon on the passage of a law in Nebraska barring gays and lesbians from approaching the court to request civil rights is important, as well as his reaction to 9/11. If your priest doesn't give good sermons, buy this book and read it on Sunday before heading to church!

"Father Don Hanway defines preaching as an attempt to link the words of Holy Scripture with the lives of the hearers in such a way that both the words and the lives are illuminated.”

“Dr. Hanway's sermons are lucid and concise, ranging over many topics, and infused with his personal witness to timeless truth and the reality of God's presence in our lives."

Tobias Haller

Hanway seeks, in a loving series of testimonies, to open the way to the heart: the heart of the Scriptures, the heart of God, and the heart of the People of God who constitute the Church.

Hanway, a retired Episcopal priest, wants to equip Christians to advocate on behalf of gays and lesbians, and to speak with love and respect to those who disagree. He writes as a pastor, offering 10 open letters to the church in defense of homosexuals, often using their own words and descriptions of the prejudice they have encountered. These faithful homosexual Christians, Hanway says, did not choose their orientation, but have dealt patiently and faithfully with the difficulties of being misunderstood. Hanway also discusses the Bible's teachings on homosexuality, emphasizing that the Gospel is indeed "good news" for all people. The book is strongest when Hanway is sharing the personal stories of gay people who discuss their faith and their hopes for the future.

Mary Pipher, PhD - Author, Writing to Change the World

Hanway is a seasoned minister, profound thinker, and clear writer. His book, A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion, is compassionate, erudite, and well-reasoned. His letters make a historical Christian tradition new and apt for the twenty-first century. His topic -- the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church community -- is important and timely.

Publishers Weekly

Hanway, a retired Episcopal priest, wants to equip Christians to advocate on behalf of gays and lesbians, and to speak with love and respect to those who disagree. He writes as a pastor, offering 10 open letters to the church in defense of homosexuals, often using their own words and descriptions of the prejudice they have encountered. These faithful homosexual Christians, Hanway says, did not choose their orientation, but have dealt patiently and faithfully with the difficulties of being misunderstood. Hanway also discusses the Bible's teachings on homosexuality, emphasizing that the Gospel is indeed "good news" for all people. The book is strongest when Hanway is sharing the personal stories of gay people who discuss their faith and their hopes for the future. (Aug. 3, 2006) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Donald G. Hanway

Father Donald G. Hanway is an Episcopal priest, mostly retired after 32 years of parish ministry. He is a movie buff, incurable romantic, and observer of contemporary culture. A Vietnam veteran, he has three children, six grandchildren, and has been married for 50 years.

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