Watch Phyllis Tickle’s Alum & Friends Day Keynote


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5:55PM

Phyllis Tickle’s Jean L. Wickett Lecture keynote address for Alumni/ae and Friends Day, entitled Emerging Christianity: An Interim Report

Phyllis Tickle’s Jean L. Wickett Lecture keynote address for Alumni/ae and Friends Day, entitled Emerging Christianity: An Interim Report, was enthusiastically received. In the provocative, illuminating, and entertaining lecture, she gave an overview of how Christianity is changing and suggestions for how the institutional church can engage with these changes. The response panel, made up of young emerging church leaders Xose Escamilla, James Kang, and Molly Vetter, with Dean Philip Clayton moderating, had equally insightful observations and responses.


Phyllis Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer. She is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. With PUBLISHERS WEEKLY until 2004, she began her career as a college teacher and served as academic dean to the Memphis College of Art before entering full time into writing and publishing. In 1996 she received the Mays Award, one of the book industry's most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing, for her work in gaining mainstream media coverage of religion publishing. She has also received the Christy Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as honorary doctorates from North Park University and the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University. She is a founding member of The Canterbury Roundtable, and serves on a number of advisory and corporate boards. A lay Eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church, she is the mother of seven children and, with her physician-husband, makes her home on a small farm in Tennessee.


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