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Hope Matters

Dr. Deanna A. Thompson on ‘Hope Matters’ – A Mt. Olive Lutheran discussion series.

“Hope Matters” is a new video interview program for YouTube, produced by Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, California, and hosted by Mt. Olive’s Senior Pastor, the Rev. Eric C. Shafer.

February 23, 2022


Imagining Christian Community Post Pandemic

Three part series with Deanna and Diana Butler Bass, Ingrid Rasmussen, and Augustin Muthusami.

Spring 2021


Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

Faith, Serious Illness, and the Virtual Body of Christ

“Faith and Imagination: A BYU Humanities Center Podcast”
with Matthew Wickman

April 2021

The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World

Podcast interview with John Witvliet for Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

January 2021 Conference

Not Yet Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and the Christian Story

Podcast interview by Todd Billings, host of The End of the Christian Life podcast.

September 2020

Communion and COVID: Eucharistic Practices and Perspectives

Panel presentation for the Chicago Area Synod of the ELCA and Lutheran School of Theology

July 2020


Pandemic, the Virtual Body of Christ, and the Next Generation of Church Leaders

Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology

July 15, 2020

Being the Church in This Time of Pandemic

Video of Conversation along with
Diana Butler Bass
Joshua Case
Kevin Holdsworth

May 2020


The Luxcast

Interview with Deanna on “Cancer Story and the Christian Story” during her visit to Western Theological Seminary

March 2019


Luther Seminary Lecture

“The Viral Reformer and the Virtual Body of Christ”
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

October 27, 2017

St. Olaf Guest Lecture

“Commemorating Luther in an Age of Trump: A Feminist Proposal”

St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minnesota

October 19, 2017

University of Victoria

“Martin Luther and the Ambiguity of Reform”
University of Victoria, British Columbia

28 September 2017

National Catholic Reporter

In this episode, NCR contributor Julie Bourbon explains kriya yoga and the Assisi Institute’s inaugural kriya yoga conference. Then, a conversation with theologian Deanna Thompson on her book The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World. Deanna talks about how a journey through illness led her to embrace her digital connections as a vital example of the body of Christ. (Starts at 12 minute mark.)

2017 Faculty of the Year Acceptance

See Deanna virtually accepting the 2017 Faculty of the Year award
from Hamline Alumni.

Hamline University
Saint Paul, Minnesota

“Living Beyond Cancer” on TPT

Deanna and her family and were featured on 
local public television affiliate’s (TPT) companion piece to “The Emperor of All Maladies,” the new Ken Burns documentary on the history of cancer based on the book of the same name. The TPT feature is called “Living Beyond Cancer,” looking at five local people who live with – and sometimes beyond – cancer. It first aired Monday, March 30, evening after the Ken Burns documentary.

You can see the entire episode embedded to the right.
(Deanna’s story begins at minute 33.40.)

The Story of “Hoping for More”

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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