Pastor David Vásquez-Levy receives grant to support People on the Move project

Feb. 19, 2010

Luther College Pastor David Vásquez-Levy has been awarded a $15,000 Pastoral Study Project grant from the Louisville Institute to support his project, People on the Move.

Selected from a pool of 127 applicants from across the United States and Canada, Vásquez-Levy’s grant is one of 15 awarded by the Louisville Institute in 2009.

People on the Move will be the conclusion of Vásquez-Levy’s one-year sabbatical project to develop materials based on interviews, community forums and small group Bible studies that connect biblical narratives with contemporary migrations narratives.

“I want to focus the final three months of my sabbatical making those insights available to congregations through on-line Bible study and preaching resources,” said Vásquez-Levy “I hope to draw on biblical migration narratives and the parallel experiences of immigrants to provide insight into the broader church’s life and ministry in a highly transitional world.”

Part of the People on the Move project includes collaboration with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to develop a networking site titled Faith on the Move.

Pastor Vásquez-Levy said Faith on the Move is intended to contribute to the important conversation about immigration by placing it in the larger context of our stories of faith. The site explores the connections between our stories of migration and those of the Biblical texts.

The website also includes 2010 Lent Sermon Reflections from the Holy Land, a series of reflections on the lectionary readings. Vásquez-Levy, writing from Israel and Palestine, will draw from his sabbatical conversations to add a migration perspective to the reading of the text. 

For more information about Faith on the Move, visit  

The Louisville Institute’s Pastoral Study Project program is designed to afford pastoral leaders release from the regular tasks of their work to enable them to pursue significant research projects. The institute’s focus is to provide time for pastors to engage in studies and respond to major challenges facing Christian faith and life in our time from a scholarly perspective. 

These projects will contribute to the ongoing mission of the Louisville Institute to identify and respond to the challenges facing Christian believers in North America today. 

Founded in 1990, the Louisville Institute seeks to encourage inquiry and conversation regarding the character, problems, contributions and prospects of the historic institutions of North American Christianity to benefit both scholars and religious leaders.

The institute, based at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., is funded by Lilly Endowment of Indiana.

David Vásquez