Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

Author/Producer "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" & "Be Still and Know: God's Presence in Slience"

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. is a bestselling author, Emmy award-winning executive producer/director, and professor. He has recently completed a feature film and book, "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" (

His work has been featured on, PBS, NBC, ABC, A&E, USA, Showtime/The Movie Channel, HBO/Cinemax, and WNET/13.

Dr. Chumley serves as Executive Producer and Host or "Rethinking Religion" a national public radio and podcast series from Columbia University's Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life ( He is Chairman of the Board of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the nation’s original and largest public access television system.

Chumley has written and produced hundreds of commercials, made-for-television movies, series, documentaries and specials, including Mark Twain’s: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (PBS American Playhouse), Getting the Love You Want (PBS, with Oprah Winfrey, Harville Hendrix and Helen L. Hunt), and The Gospel According to Jesus (HBO/Cinemax). Chumley’s documentary Little Mike was recipient of the SONY/American Film Institute’s Grand Prize in Video. His dance performance, Grand Central Dances, was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and received the Emmy award for Outstanding Cultural Program. Chumley authored The Joy of Weight Loss: A Spiritual Guide to Easy Fitness and Big Body Yoga: 30 Days to Spiritual Wellbeing, and he appears with Susan Sarandon in the documentary DVD, The Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss.

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