The Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series Presents

Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Sunday, March 27, 2022

10:30 AM – Sermon in Sanctuary

“Apostles of Sensitiveness”

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Click here for the live stream of our morning worship and Dr. Taylor’s sermon.

5:30 PM – Lecture in Moore Hall 

“Learning to Walk In the Dark”

Learning to live with uncertainty and impermanence in our physical and emotional lives as well as our theological and spiritual lives

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*Childcare registration is required for the 5:30 PM lecture; click here to register your children.

About Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Episcopal Priest, Teacher, Speaker, Author, Theologian

Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor is a widely sought-after speaker whose sermons are compared to “literary gems.” Her books are New York Times bestsellers. Few, if any, contemporary Christian leaders speak to the spiritual restlessness and anxiety of this time like Rev. Taylor.

She has “near-perfect pitch” for speaking to people’s fears without leaving them hopeless, says the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Dauphin Way’s Dill Lecture speaker in September of last year. “She has such powerful gifts of language and narration that her readers and hearers find their own questions and concerns coming to expression in ways that prompt them to say, ‘Yes, yes, that is what I feel,’” Dr. Long says.

Barbara Brown Taylor was born in Indiana in 1951. She did her undergraduate studies at Emory University (class of 1973) and then went on to Yale Divinity School, where she graduated in 1976. She holds honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from ten schools and has received numerous other honors, including being named Georgia Woman of the Year in 2015 and being on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world for 2014.

Rev. Taylor served as a parish priest in the 1980s and later became a full-time professor, serving on the faculties of Piedmont College, Emory University, Mercer University, and Columbia Seminary. She has lectured on preaching at Yale, Princeton, and Duke Universities and has preached at churches across the country.

In 1996 Baylor University released a list of the twelve “most effective preachers in the English-speaking world,” based on a worldwide survey. Barbara Brown Taylor was the only woman to make the list, which is considered among the most prestigious honors in the preaching profession. Then in 2018, Baylor released its second list. Rev. Taylor was one of only four of the original group, including Dr. Tom Long, to be honored once again.

Rev. Taylor is known for her own deep spirituality but also for her spirit of ecumenism and her love for other religious traditions. She says, “Jesus never commanded me to love my religion. He said love God and your neighbor.”

She is the author of many books on faith and spirituality, including Always a Guest (2020), Holy Envy (2019), Learning to Walk in the Dark, and An Altar in the World, among others.

Rev. Taylor and her husband, Edward Taylor, live on a farm in northern Georgia.


About the Dill Lecture Series

The Dill Lecture Series was established in 2013 by Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation to honor Dr. Stephen Dill and his wife Ruth for their 40 years of service to the church and to the community. The Dill Lecture Committee mourns the loss of Dr. Stephen Dill in January 2022 and is grateful for his legacy.

The Lecture Series brings to Mobile esteemed speakers to offer their insights and inspiration to the Dauphin Way congregation and to the community at large.


Steve & Ruth Dill

Dill Lecture speakers have included:

2014 Thomas Cahill—American scholar and writer who is best known for his acclaimed Hinges of History series

2015 Dr. Walter Brueggemann—the preeminent contemporary scholar of the Old Testament

2016 Rachel Held Evans—best-selling author and nationally popular blogger

2017 Dr. Wayne Flynt—Auburn University professor emeritus and distinguished scholar of Southern history, politics, religion, and culture

2018 Jim Wallis—founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners and renowned preacher and theologian

2019 Krista Tippett—creator and host of NPR programs Speaking of Faith and On Being

2021 Rev. Adam Hamilton—founder and senior pastor of the 25,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas

2021 Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long—Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology at Emory University

Dill Lecture Fund

If you would like to give to the Dill Lecture Fund, click here. Please select “Memorial” and note “Dill Lecture Fund”. We are grateful for your contribution. It will be used to continue the Dill Lecture legacy.