ESR Welcomes Diana Butler Bass for 2015 Willson Lectures

Join us for the 2015 Willson Lectures as we explore "Finding The Spirit of God in The Spirit of The World" with keynote speakerDiana Butler Bass

On Saturday, March 28th, Bass will explore the question, "Where is God?" and suggest that a theology of divine intimacy is active in the contemporary world.  Drawing off her work on awakening, as well as her forthcoming book, she will knit together cultural trends, personal narrative, and biblical insights to weave a vision of spirituality that is hopeful, life-giving, and accessible. 

The lectures are free and open to the public. An optional fee of $25 includes breakfast and lunch. To register, visit this link:

Diana Butler Bass received her Ph.D. from Duke University. She has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the author of eight books, including most recently Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Her groundbreaking study of mainline vitality, Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith was named one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the book of the year award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA Today. Her next book will be Grounded: Finding the Spirit of God in the Spirit of the Age, scheduled for publication in Fall 2015. You can follow Diana on Twitter: @dianabutlerbass.

For more information and to register online, visit this link, call (800) 432-1377, or e-mail Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations, at