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Bestselling Author Diana Butler Bass to give Frederick Buechner Keynote Lecture at King University, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Nov. 28

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2016 – King University Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes bestselling author Diana Butler Bass, who will speak on Monday, Nov. 28 as part of the 2016-17 Lecture Series. Bass will give the Frederick Buechner (Beek-ner) Keynote Lecture at King’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., and at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church located at 124 East Main Street in Abingdon, Va. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

In honor of Frederick Buechner, and in appreciation of his work, the King Institute for Faith and Culture is pleased to host the Frederick Buechner Keynote Lecture each year. Buechner is an influential American author and Presbyterian minister. His work has explored the engagement of Christian faith and culture in more than 30 books.

“Diana Butler Bass is a leading figure in today’s Christian intellectual world. We are delighted to welcome her to the King Institute for Faith and Culture,” says Director Shannon Harris. “Diana’s work raises significant questions about Christian faith, about community life, and about the future of religion. Her work explores how people are finding new spiritual ground through a God who resides in the world with us. Diana Butler Bass invites her readers and listeners to find a revitalized expression of faith, and to change the world.”

Diana Butler Bass is a bestselling author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Her nine books include “Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution” (HarperOne, 2015) and bestselling “Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith” (2006), which was named one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and featured in a USA TODAY cover story.

Butler Bass teaches and preaches at a variety of venues. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.

Butler Bass has been published in The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in other media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. She is also a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine and has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies.

Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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