Leaving the Church

Many of you may know this already, but I thought I’d share it with the readers of this blog. On Monday afternoon, August 28th, Terri Gross interviewed Barbara Brown Taylor on her program Fresh Air on NPR. Taylor is a former Episcopalian minister, and I have read many of her books. In her new book, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, she describes her decision to leave the parish ministry after almost 20 years as a minister in a local church. I plan to read this as soon as I can afford to get a copy of it.

The interview covers topics ranging from the reasons she left parish ministry to the current issues facing the Episcopal church, in which she is ordained. I found both the questions Gross asked and the answers Taylor gave both illuminating and thought provoking. Taylor is a gifted preacher, and in fact she was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world by Baylor University. She now teaches religion at Piedmont College in Georgia and is an editor-at-large and columnist for The Christian Century.

If you would like to hear this interview, Just click here.


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One thought on “Leaving the Church

  1. I heard that interview. You know, I turned it off part way through. Taylor sounded so stiff and self important to me that I wanted to slap her. It was astonishing how different her actual “voice” was from her written one.

    Oh well. I’ll probably read the book instead.

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