2018 Birmingham Fall Lecture: Philip Gulley

Professor Mark Muesse

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Shades Valley Lutheran Church

720 Shades Creek Parkway
Birmingham (Homewood), AL 35209
(205) 871-3512

9:00 AM - First Lecture: 

The Importance of Unlearning God. When what we've been taught about God, humanity, and the world no longer resonates with our experience, what can we do?  Some leave the church, lose their faith, and grow bitter.  Others remain, but defect in place, mouthing religious platitudes they no longer believe, but think they must.  What do we do when our experience of God contradicts the first things we learned about God?

11:00 AM - Second Lecture: 

The Myth of the True Church.  How can we resist the temptation to insist our path is the true path to God?  What are the dangers of exclusive religion in a pluralistic world?  And how can the church still value its gospel, while also appreciating the paths and truths others have found?

1:30 PM - Third Lecture: 

Awakened Souls.  What does it mean to be a fully alive human?  How can our experiences with the Divine contribute to our growth, our happiness, and our well-being?

About Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana.  Gulley has written 21 books, including the Harmony series recounting life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk essay series.  Gulley’s memoir, I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.  In addition, Gulley, with co-author James Mulholland, shared their progressive spirituality in the books If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, followed by Gulley’s books If the Church Were Christian and The Evolution of Faith.

In his most recently published work of non-fiction,  Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom For a Better Life Today, Gulley offers the opportunity to participate in a world where the values of the Quaker way bring equity, peace, healing, and hope.  Living the Quaker Way invites readers to encounter the defining commitments of the Religious Society of Friends–simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality, and shows how those ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life to bring renewal and eliminate the clutter that is keeping us from deeper spirituality.

Gulley’s latest fictional series continues the exploits of Sam Gardner, first introduced in the Harmony series.  The new Hope series includes A Place Called Hope, A Lesson in Hope, and A Gathering in Hope, his most recent fictional release.

Gulley is currently working on his 22nd book entitled Unlearning God, in which he describes the process of spiritual growth, especially the re-interpretation of the earliest principles we learned about God.

You can also read Gulley’s essays in every issue of Indianapolis Monthly and The Saturday Evening Post.

For reviews and testimonials, please read Church Testimonials and What Others are Saying about Philip.