Holy Envy - Barbara Brown Taylor

Holy Envy - Barbara Brown Taylor

Christians are taught that God is everywhere, and many of us experience the sacred in unexpected places: in nature, in friends and strangers, in music and the arts. But can we also encounter God in the faith of other people?

Start Date:
Thursday 30th May 2019
Start Time:
St Paul's Cathedral, London
Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor left parish ministry to teach world religion at a college in rural Georgia. To her surprise, what she learnt from decades of living with the truth claims of the world’s great faiths is not – contrary to popular opinion – that all religions are alike, but something subtler, more mysterious and more life-giving: a ‘holy envy’ of the riches of other traditions, and the chance to be born afresh and more deeply within her own tradition.

She will explore some of the gifts, questions and paradoxes that she found along the way. If there is only one God, why are there so many religions? Can our faith be improved by the faith of others, even those we fundamentally disagree with? And is the Holy Spirit at work in all this?

The Revd Barbara Brown Taylor is an American Episcopal priest, theologian, Professor of Religion, and New York Times best-selling author. In 2014 TIME magazine named her as one if its 100 most influential people in the world. Her best-selling guides to the spiritual life include An Altar on the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark. Her new book is Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (Canterbury Press 2019).

The evening will be chaired by Tricia Hillas, Canon Pastor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for questions and answers. BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please let us know if you require seats in the area reserved for this.

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