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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Lillian Daniel

"Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me.  There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself.  What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you.  Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself." -Lillian Daniel


Lillian Daniel is the author of the 2013 book When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church, and two other books, This Odd and Wondrous Calling and Tell It Like It Is. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, since 2004, and before that she served two churches in Connecticut. An editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work appears in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the Stillspeaking Daily Devotionals.  She is featured in Animate: Faith, the new adult formation DVD series from Sparkhouse. Twice, her work has been featured on the PBS television show, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. She hosted the Chicago based public television program 30 Good Minutes. A frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has preached at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, Howard University and the Festival of Homiletics. She has lectured to clergy at Kings College, London, Queen's College, Ontario, and will speak this summer to preachers in Denmark. 

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Lillian has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago Divinity School. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Chicago Theological Seminary and the Board of Advisors at Yale Divinity School. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Yale Divinity School, where in 2010; she received a distinguished alumni award for "Distinction in Congregational Ministry." 

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 5/21/2014 at 8:45am at Westminster Presbyterian in worship and again on 5/21/2014 at 9:35am at Westminster Presbyterian in a lecture. 

Additional Info

We are blessed to welcome Lillian Daniel here for the Festival in May. We are excited to hear what she has to share from her many experiences and deep understandings in the way of "Preaching with Holy Imagination." For more about her, check out the following links:



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