Barbara Brown Taylor to speak for the Chaplain’s Series
Chaplain’s Speaker Series Spring 2015 welcomes
Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor
Redeeming Darkness: A Spirituality for the Night Times
Every life has its share of dark and light. This is what we call “the human condition.” Yet many of our inherited teachings glorify the light, leaving us so fearful of the dark and so well defended against it that we stand in grave danger of living only half a life. In this address, Barbara Brown Taylor will explore the dark cloud of God’s presence in the Christian mystical tradition, proposing a spirituality for night time that allows darkness to teach us what we most need to know.
Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured in TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Butman Professor of Religion & Philosophy and has been a guest lecturer at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale. Taylor and her husband Ed live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens.
The Chaplain’s Speaker Series will welcome Barbara Brown Taylor for a special engagement on Tuesday, March 31st at 7 pm in Vanderbilt University’s Benton Chapel. The event will be open to the public and free of charge. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.