Exploring Gratitude: Diana Butler Bass Speaks at Plymouth 

September 26, 2017

Diana Butler Bass, noted Christian historian, author and speaker in American religion and culture, speaks at 7 pm, October 12, in Plymouth Church Sanctuary. This collaborative event is hosted by Plymouth Church and Queen Anne United Methodist Church (The Well). A pre-event discussion with lunch takes place at 12:15 pm, Sunday, Oct. 8, in room 221.

Exploring gratitude as the core of resistance, Bass discusses how nurturing love and gratitude is critical to sustain us in today’s ongoing work to ‘resist.’ Her new book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, is available April 3, 2018. While four out of five Americans report they feel gratitude in their daily lives, Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society. “There is a gap between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully – a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship and institutional religion itself,” she says.

Bass holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and has authored nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015). “Grounded is a wise and beautiful book. It is…almost an anthem to the sacred unity of the physical and the spiritual in the formation of human faith and in the maturation of the human soul,” says author Phyllis Tickle.

She also wrote the influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012).

Bass speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, teaches and preaches. She writes for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics and culture in USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS and NPR.

Tickets $20, students $10, are available now at BrownPaperTickets.com. As part of Plymouth’s Faith Formation programming, scholarships are available. Please contact JCastle@PlymouthChurchSeattle.org.

–Janice Randall 



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