Thu April 9, 2009
Seeking the presence of God when one is "spiritual" rather than "religious."
By Rich Fish
Tulsa. – On today's show, a discussion of faith-based matters both public and private, social and personal, universal and interior. Our guest today is Barbara Brown Taylor, who teaches religion at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and who's also an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. She's written many books, including the widely acclaimed memoir, "Leaving Church." Her new book is "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" --- and it's also a memoir. As one critic (in a "starred review" in Publishers Weekly) has noted: "A gifted preacher, Taylor is one of those rare people who truly can see the holy in everything. Since everyone should know such a person, those who don't can --- no, must --- read this book, with its friendly reminders of everyday sacredness. Taylor's 12 chapters mine the potentially sacred meaning of simple daily activities and conditions, like walking, paying attention, saying no to work one Sabbath day each week. Hanging laundry is setting up a prayer flag, for God's sake. Since Taylor, an Episcopal priest, no longer pastors a church, she can 'do church' everywhere: in line at the grocery store interacting with the cashier, walking a moonlit path with her husband. Her candor is another of the book's virtues.... Savor this book."