Flora A. Keshgegian

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Flora A. Keshgegian is passionate about religion and faith. She wants readers to find nourishment for their yearnings in her books. Her three books, God Reflected: Metaphors for Life, Time for Hope: Practices for Living in Today’s World and Redeeming Memories: A Theology of Healing and Transformation, focus on re-imagining Christian ideas about who God is and how God acts, suffering and memory, justice and hope. Her writing draws on her experiences growing up in an immigrant home and as a child of survivors of the Armenian genocide. She is particularly interested in what it means to live an abundant life, especially with a legacy of trauma and suffering. She also explores the nature and dynamics of power, particularly given cultural and gender differences.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Flora Keshgegian attended public schools and the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Thought. In addition, she has a Master of Divinity Degree from the Philadelphia Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the joint doctoral program of Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School. She has taught at Brown University, Seminary of the Southwest, Stonehill College, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Unio. She has also had a long working relationship with Brown University where she served as Associate Chaplain from 1984-1998 and as Faculty Ombudsperson from 2006-2009. Ordained in the Episcopal Church for many years, Flora has also ministered and taught in a variety of other settings.

Selected Works

Nonfiction, theology
"... a book keenly theological and pastorally wise ... invites readers to think carefully about how God is God in our lives today"
-- Frederick Borsch
“...an exhilarating meditation on hope, wonder, and justice in our fragile world.”
--Sharon Welch
“...unfolds the meaning of suffering as transformed by hope, and of hope as activated by remembrance.”
--Catherine Keller